Doyle Hall

St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas


The Doyle Hall renovation and new classrooms wing at St. Edward’s University creates a welcoming space from an unused lot. Parallel wings of faculty offices define a courtyard serviced by a new café in the former chapel. Now, students and faculty can mingle and have coffee beneath a centuries-old oak tree.


The new classrooms wing takes cues from the adjacent 1950s building. Exposed concrete bays and wall panels create both a visual and physical link between the two structures.


“The new wing recasts elements of the old building in an elegant contemporary idiom, a gesture that’s at once compliment and complement.”
– Marc Kristal, Metropolis


The design deploys a “stealth architecture” that works to bind the existing elements together. This allows them to be seen and used in a new way.


Architect: Specht Harpman
Landscape Architect: Sasaki Associates
Contractor: VRW Construction
Photographer: Taggart Sorensen

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