Our design for the Laszlo Z. Bitó ’60 building at the Bard College Conservatory of Music is crafted to suit the Conservatory’s mission: providing top-level musical training in the context of a liberal arts education. Our 16,000 square foot layout reflects the alternating uses of instruction and performance by ensuring its spaces – teaching studios, classrooms, rehearsal spaces and a state-of-the-art performance hall– are exceptionally versatile.
The performance hall can seat 150 guests as comfortably as a small, intimate audience. Our acoustically isolated rehearsal studios can accommodate individual musicians, a professor and student, or small ensembles. We paired the building’s bold yet balanced massing with crisp white stucco and rich mahogany. As a result, despite its modest size, the Bard Conservatory of Music holds a strong presence on the Bard Campus.
Key People
Catherine Bird
Project Lead
Arthi Krishnamoorthy
Project Manager
Christopher Yost
Project Designer

Kohler Ronan

MEP Engineer

Morris Associates

Civil Engineer

Ross Dalland P.E.

Structural Engineer

Harvey Marshall Berling Associates

Theater Consultant


Acoustical Engineer

PHT Lighting

Lighting Designer

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Rendered section drawing.
Bird's eye photograph of building site and context
Ground floor plan.
Floor plan, practice rooms and performance rooms.
Perspective sketch of exterior.