University of Kansas, School of Education, Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Lawrence, Kansas

  • FIRM

    Gould Evans


    University of Kansas

  • AREA

    119,731 sq.ft.





The University of Kansas chose to convert a seven-story 1950s-era residence hall to a new home for the School of Education, including more than 300 offices and 30 teaching spaces. A total of 30,000 square feet was added. A five-story addition at the west entrance provides much-needed office and seminar spaces. It also helped transform and refresh the west facade of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$89.82FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation building.

A two-story addition houses classroom, lab and lecture spaces, and provides a new entrance and student commons area. The southern section of the east addition is rotated to create a large opening at the center that provides an expansive view toward the main campus. It contains the student commons. East and west glass-walled entries are connected by a series of wide, open stairs inside the central spine. Large, open spaces along internal corridors break up the monotony of the long wings and flood the corridor with natural light. This helps to eliminate the stale, residence hall feeling. Outside, a dynamic window pattern helps tie the existing building to the additions, and transforms the old residence hall into a modern campus building.