Stevenson University Campus Expansion

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Student life at Stevenson University, formerly Villa Julie College, was vastly improved with the completion of two new buildings on its 60-acre campus. Ziger|Snead doubled the facilities for this fast-growing college by designing an arts building  containing an art gallery,  video and graphics studios, classrooms, and a 400-seat theater, as well as designing a new student center with a gymnasium, offices, meeting rooms, and a dining hall. The new buildings quietly blend into their surroundings through sensitive siting that makes them appear smaller than they really are. Since most of the students commute to classes, the architects positioned the adjacent buildings to align with pathways from adjacent parking areas to frame a new quadrangle. Covered walkways connect the new structures to existing buildings and reinforce the village-like atmosphere of the college. Well-integrated into the campus setting, Ziger|Snead’s tailored architecture of brick, limestone, and lead-coated copper roofs established a new sense of community for this commuter college.


Design Team: Steve Ziger; Jeff Morgan; Jonathan Lessem; Craig Carbrey; Chris Daly; Laura Amos; Ryan Welch; Glenn Shrum

Team: James Posey Associates - Mechanical & Electrical Engineer; Morabito Consultants - Structural Engineer; Gower Thompson, Inc. - Civil Engineer

Owner: Stevenson University, formerly Villa Julie College

Location: Stevenson, Maryland

Construction Cost: $21,000,000

Area: 135,000 sf

Completion: 1997

Program: classrooms, art gallery, video and graphics studios, theater, gymnasium, offices, meeting rooms, dining hall

Photography: Alain Jaramillo


  • 1998 Honorable Mention — AIA Baltimore
  • 1998 Citation Award — AIA Maryland
  • 1998 Design Award — Masonry Institute of Maryland
  • 1996 Honor Award — AIA Baltimore


  • Villa Julie College Athletic Facility
    Architectural Showcase 06/1998