Ball State University, Art and Journalism Building

Muncia, Indiana

  • FIRM

    Ratio Architects


    Ball State University Board of Trustees

  • AREA

    210,000 sq.ft.





Situated in the center of campus, the new building defines the southwest corner of the north quadrangle landscaped area and creates a “gateway” campus entry. The design objective was to create a distinctive, modern building that fits into the campus architecture, yet has its own identity that expresses the two academic departments from different colleges. The building ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$142.00FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio the Department of Art and Journalism, as well as a centralized food-service/dining facility, the university bookstore, a faculty art gallery and a lecture hall.

The spaces are organized within two primary brick and limestone building masses, a four-story east/west-oriented wing representing art, and a three-story, diagonal, north/south-oriented wing representing journalism. At the junction of the two wings, a soaring light- filled four-story atrium with open stairs is a focal point and popular meeting place. A central two-story dining hall features a fritted glass window wall. The design is intended to be open and inviting, fostering interaction among students and faculty. The facility features classrooms, studios/lab spaces, exterior courtyards and incorporates sustainable design.