The adaptive use of a 1915 warehouse signifies the Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) commitment to the local community and stimulating the development of Baltimore's arts and cultural life.

The building, renamed to pay tribute to former, long-time President Fred Lazarus IV, was transformed from a non-descript warehouse into an anchor institution in a gritty neighborhood. Inside, the previous jumble of studios and isolated art departments was re-envisioned so that students, faculty, staff and the public have places to interact and collaborate.


  • 120,000 sf academic building


  • AIA 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."

Mayor of Baltimore

Enter MICA

This entry detail plays with the influence of light on a logo, brightening one surface, throwing a shadow on another, and reflecting on a third. The colorful evolution of Station North continues even in these small details. Inside, a cafe houses a second local restaurant which is a community draw, while a communicating stair brings natural light deep into the building.

Redevelopment Catalyst for an Emerging Arts District

As part of the Station North Arts & Entertainment District, MICA is bringing significant artistic activity to an area scarred by long-term disinvestment. MICA's investment turned a bricked off building into a showpiece for the neighborhood. The entry creates a new inviting and open presence with the surrounding community.

State of the Art Technology in an Historic Warehouse

The building is host to a variety of active cultural arts events. A 130-seat auditorium is used for guest speakers, lectures, and community events. Flexible public spaces - central on each floor of the facility - bring arts outside of the classrooms to provide space for informal crits. The digital media lab supports technology that integrates digital modeling and control into sculpture and other artwork.