On March 13, 2019, Graham S. Wyatt and Melissa DelVecchio, Partners at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, will present “Building Communities: Expanding Yale’s Residential College System” an overview of the design of Yale University’s new Pauli Murray College and Benjamin Franklin College, completed in 2017, with historical and theoretical exploration of the expression of place, time, and institutional identity through architecture. Mr. Wyatt and Ms. DelVecchio led the design of the new colleges and were also editors of the monograph The New Residential Colleges at Yale.
Yale’s residential colleges, modeled after the academic communities at Oxford and Cambridge, are the cornerstone of the University’s undergraduate life, breaking down the campus into smaller, more closely-knit communities. Robert A.M. Stern Architects was charged with designing buildings that fit into the residential college system, and in so doing say “Yale,” while bringing twenty-first-century standards of communal living and environmental responsibility to college residential life. Benjamin Franklin College and Pauli Murray College, each housing 452 students, are conceived as fraternal twins, similar in size but each with its own identity.
Mr. Wyatt is a graduate of Princeton University, (A.B. Summa), Columbia University (M. Arch.), and the London School of Economics (Dipl. Econ.) where he was a Marshall Scholar. He leads one of Robert A.M. Stern Architects' design studios, spearheading the firm's practice in buildings for academic institutions.
Ms. DelVecchio is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, (B. Arch.), and Yale University (M. Arch.). Her work spans many different institutional building types, including housing, libraries, classrooms, student centers, and professional schools.
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