Main entrance on historic JMU quad.
Day view facing South Main Street
Evening view facing South Main Street.
North entry facing Grace Street.
Previously an enclosed, fragmented interior, transparency brings in natural light and creates new connections among the arts programs.
Building lobby
Print making studio.
Sculpture studio looking out onto sculpture court.
One of the painting studios.
Ground level plan
Second level plan
Third level plan
Lower level plan
Site Plan
Duke Hall School of Art and Art History, James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Duke Hall was built in 1967 and is adjacent to James Madison University’s historic Quad. GUND recently designed the renovation of and addition to Duke Hall to house the University’s thriving visual arts programs. Duke Hall was originally built as classroom, studio and faculty office facility for JMU’s Music, Theatre and Art Departments, and was not optimal for the visual arts.

As the flagship Fine Arts facility on campus, the renovated and enlarged Duke Hall houses traditional Studio Arts and Art History programs, as well as Administration and professional gallery functions. The new and renovated facility establishes a functional home for the academic studio arts, design, art education, art history and related programs, and in addition seeks to realign these academic and related programs with contemporary practices. Creating safe learning environments that inspire arts exploration was central to GUND's design approach. The addition houses some of the program’s more intense studio needs in space constructed to meet their specific environmental requirements.




47,043 SF new construction
67,000 SF renovation


Photos by Alan Karchmer