The building for Yale University’s School of Art and Iseman Theatre arts complex required a gut renovation to Louis I. Kahn’s Jewish Community Center of New Haven, as well as the design and construction of The Annex, a ground-up building connected by a courtyard to the existing structure. We carefully considered how to take spaces in the original building and turn them into hubs for specific arts disciplines.

Each program has a clear identity, while still being part of a whole. The photography department now occupies the old pool area; graphic design is in the former gymnasium; the School of Drama is in the auditorium; art galleries use a pair of joined, double-height handball courts. New architectural detailing and materials are specially designed to withstand the wear and tear of making art.

Original Architect of 1156 Chapel Street – Louis I. Kahn, 1954

Key People
Maitland Jones
Project Lead
Catherine Bird
Project Manager

Deborah Berke Partners


Robert Silman Associates

Structural Engineers

R.A. Heintges Consultants

Curtain Wall Consultant

Jaffe Holden Scarbrough

Acoustical Engineer

Fisher Dachs Associates

Theater Consultant

Gary Gordon Architectural Lighting

Lighting Designer

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Architecture Magazine

June 2001


Bird's eye photograph of building site and context
Building section.
Building section.
Ground floor plan.
Floor plan.
Rendered section drawing.
Axonometric diagram.