Fred Lazarus Center
Maryland Institute College of Art
Baltimore, MD

The college’s adaptive reuse of a 1915 warehouse has stimulated Baltimore's arts and cultural scene and breathed life into the emerging Station North arts and entertainment district. Sorting out a mix of studios and art departments, our team transformed the warehouse into a neighborhood showpiece bearing the name of long-time MICA president Fred Lazarus. We added flexible public spaces, a media lab, and a 130-seat auditorium to the venue which is host to a variety of active cultural arts events, and supports frequent guest lectures. Large street-facing windows display student art, and welcome students and visitors to stop and look, connecting the school with its community.

The Solution


  • American Institute of Architects, Maryland, Design Award
  • Baltimore Heritage Historic Preservation Award
"MICA has played a critical role in revitalizing its neighboring communities and in stimulating the development of Baltimore's arts and cultural life. Each of its facilities has creatively strengthened Baltimore and the College. The Graduate Studio Center project will not only mean cultural and economic revitalization for Station North; it will also be a huge boost to Baltimore's ability to position itself as a national center for creative innovation."
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