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Worcester Polytechnic Institute – Faraday Hall

Designing a new technology-focused student residence inspired by scientist Michael Faraday’s groundbreaking discoveries

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  • LEED


  • Worchester, Massachusetts

    Worchester, Massachusetts

Creating an atmosphere that merges technology, learning, and living

Making electricity viable for use in technology was famed English scientist Michael Faraday's legacy. Named after Faraday, Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s new residence hall adds 259 beds for Juniors and Seniors—drawing inspiration from his groundbreaking discoveries.

Our design for Faraday Hall incorporates Worcester’s surrounding brick mill buildings and the campus’s tie to science and biotechnology. With the exterior composed of brick and metal panels in different colors and various depths and sizes, the building evokes both historic mills and modern circuit boards. Inside, the lobby is connected to the courtyard with tech suites on every floor. The interior design features details and materials that recall a modern laboratory, with open ceilings and exposed mechanical systems. A feature staircase constructed of stainless-steel cables represents one of Faraday's most noted findings, the Faraday Cage, a conductive mesh that channels electrical current around, but not through, the enclosure.

Residential units in the new hall are arranged in four-bed apartments with a full kitchen, living room, and full wireless access. Tech suites, a game room and lounge, and a sheltered courtyard integrate technology, living, and learning—providing students with opportunities for socialization and exchanging ideas with peers.

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Meet Our Team

Brett Lambert, Principal, Architecture

As stewards of our communities and the environment, it’s our duty is to see projects as opportunities to meet the needs of clients.

B.K. Boley, Senior Principal, Architecture

We achieve design excellence through understanding the story behind our clients and their projects.

Tamara Roy, Principal, Architecture

I pursue artful solutions in every design project—turning constraints into opportunities for creative invention.

Colleen Arria, Principal, Interior Design

With functional, spatial, psychological, wellness, and aesthetic variables, finding the right interior design solution is a thrill.

David Lunny, Senior Principal, Architecture

Collaboration allows us to harness the strengths of our teams to deliver design solutions that are creative, practical, and always memorable.
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Brett Lambert

Principal, Architecture

B.K. Boley

Senior Principal, Architecture

Tamara Roy

Principal, Architecture

Colleen Arria

Principal, Interior Design

David Lunny

Senior Principal, Architecture

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