Ruffin Hall, University of Virginia

Ruffin Hall, University of Virginia

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Charlottesville, Virginia


The Ruffin Hall Studio Art Building is the first building of the University of Virginia's new Master Plan for the Arts Grounds. Conceived as a village of workshops, the three-level facility stands at the eastern edge of a green quadrangle defined by 1960’s arts buildings.  The architecture of Ruffin acts as a transition between these larger-scale institutional buildings and the smaller scale of residences along Rugby Road, a major approach from Jefferson’s Rotunda. Ruffin contains painting, printmaking and drawing studios, digital and photography studios and labs, clay/plaster and metal sculpture studios, paper making, woodworking, a performance studio, and seminar rooms, faculty offices, and public and student galleries. 



Structural Engineer: Arup
Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical Engineer: Arup
Landscape Architect: Olin Partnership
Geotechnical Engineer: Froehling & Robertson Inc.
Civil: Draper Aden Associates
Code: Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.
Construction Cost Estimator: Barton Mallow Company
General Contractor: Donley's, Inc.
Photographer: © Alan Karchmer