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Dudley Hall Renovations Update

Dudley Hall Renovation

The last twelve months have been noisy, dusty, and all the conditions that come with a major renovation – but the new Dudley Hall is proving worth the inconvenience. 

While the exterior changes don’t look too substantial (saving the courtyard), the interior spaces feel significantly brighter.  All the spaces have benefitted from replacing the old darkly-tinted gazing with clear, lowE glass, and the floor-to-ceiling storefront at the east studio balconies fill those long bays with light and views. The west wing studios now have a full wall of north-facing glazing looking on to the courtyard and the campus beyond.

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Speaking of the courtyard, the construction logistics required removal of the old “tank traps” configuration, and we’re treating this as an opportunity to re-think the whole network of outdoor spaces. Hillworks, led by APLA’s own David Hill, is developing ideas for these spaces now. Watch this space for details as that design evolves.

The next stage of the “new Dud” will include renovations to the buildings classrooms and seminar rooms, and new studio furnishings. These improvements to our  teaching spaces are designed to support evolving best practice in active and engaged learning. 

Like the courtyard renovation, these interior renovations will need donor support to be realized. With help from our alumni and friends we hope to be able to keep our momentum going! If you are visiting campus, please include a Dudley Hall visit in your plans. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the changes we’re making and our efforts to make our learning environment reflect the school’s reputation for excellence and innovation.