Conference Recordings

Reinvigorating a Campus Landmark

Transforming Stirling’s Museum
Published March 18, 2021
Presented by Ben Youtz, designLAB architects | Nazneen Cooper, Harvard University | David Roxburgh, Harvard University
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Harvard University

All colleges and universities have existing building stock that they need to repurpose in order to fit contemporary campus paradigms. Beginning with the project's conception and taking you through its planning, design, and construction, we will outline our investigation, historic research, and analysis of Harvard University's Stirling-designed postmodern museum to inform its transformation into a vibrant academic building housing a variety of programs. In this session, we'll establish a strategic and creative framework for adaptive reuse that you can use to reposition historic and architecturally-significant buildings on your campus.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Critically analyze existing buildings on your campus for adaptive reuse potential.
  2. Present new strategies for the creative repurposing of existing buildings to your campus's leadership.
  3. Explain how to implement planning and design strategies that interpret, represent, and preserve the intent of an architectural vision through thoughtful renovation.
  4. Initiate planning and design review processes to critically assess your project's design vision through the course of the project.


Ben Youtz

designLAB architects

Nazneen Cooper

Assistant Dean for Campus Design & Planning, Office of Physical Resources & Plan
Harvard University

David Roxburgh

Department Chair, Department History of Art & Architecture, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Harvard University

Continuing Education Units: AIA LU 1.0 Unit (SCUPN21C1076) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Recorded March 18, 2021.

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