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University of Notre Dame - Walsh Family Hall of Architecture

Designing the nation’s leading institution for the study of classical architecture and traditional urbanism

  • 100K

    Square Feet

  • Chicago, Illinois

    Chicago, Illinois

Acting as the executive architect on the design of Notre Dame's new School of Architecture

The University of Notre Dame’s Matthew and Joyce Walsh Family Hall of Architecture is widely known for its traditional teaching methods and emphasis on neo-classical design. When our team, led by John Simpson Architects of London, was tasked with designing the new 100,000-square-foot building, we were challenged to embody classical principles of design, and to develop a facility that maintains the University of Notre Dame's standing as one of the nation’s leading architectural schools.

The space program enables the college, founded in 1898, to conduct its curriculum in classically-inspired rooms equipped with contemporary technologies, and adds the capacity for two new graduate programs in historic preservation and real estate development. The classical exterior, rendered in limestone and brick, teaches traditional design and construction principles. 

The Stoa is the heart of the building, providing a stage for everyday informal collaboration and special events. A grand hall modeled on ancient Greek market structures, the Stoa links the main components of the structure, including the design studios, auditorium, library, exhibition hall, and faculty office suites. An exterior plaza serves as the Stoa's outdoor counterpart in providing a gathering space for the exchange of innovative ideas.  

At a Glance

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Award
Palladio Awards Winner, New Design & Construction, More Than 30,000SF, 2021
News
Walsh Family Hall of Architecture breaks ground
Meet Our Team

William Ketcham, Principal

I approach the opportunity to craft beautiful design concepts by integrating modern building technologies with end-user comfort.

Siobhan Mooney, Project Manager

Design is the result of a careful process and collaboration—you can find it everywhere you look.

William Ketcham

Principal

Siobhan Mooney

Project Manager

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