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Fred Lazarus IV Center (Graduate Studio Center, Maryland Institute College of Art)

Cho Benn Holback + Associates

Project Name

Fred Lazarus IV Center (Graduate Studio Center, Maryland Institute College of Art)



Maryland Institute College of Art


  • General Contractor: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
  • General Contractor: Bill Whiting


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Project Description


This under-utilized building has been transformed into a dynamic hub of graduate and undergraduate study programs. The largest design impact is at the first floor, where a dark, lifeless space without connection to the main urban street it fronts was transformed into a major street presence through large windows at the first floor lobby/gallery area and a glassy new accessible entrance, which opens to art galleries, cafe space, and a new lecture hall. The new design also brings natural light deep into the building by a major cross-corridor lobby and exhibit space used to reorganize the interior. Recently renamed to pay tribute to former, long-time President Fred Lazarus IV, the Graduate Studio Center honors his enthusiasm for both MICA and the Greater Baltimore community.

Jury quote: "The thoughtfulness of the modern interventions create tension and contrast, with a sense of restraint , in this  beautiful restoration of the existing historic architecture."

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