The gallery is the organizing focus of the Joseph F. Smith Building’s layout. It is situated on levels two and three, and unites the building vertically with a grand spiral stair.
The need for natural light in all of the faculty offices prompted the arrangement of the building around a central courtyard. The modern glass facade of the gallery contrasts with the COST PER SQ FT$176.13FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio inner courtyard. A paving pattern reminiscent of
Michelangelo’s Campidoglio Square was created to tie the courtyard with the plaza in front of the building.
The lower level contains classrooms, computer and home-economics labs, a performing-arts auditorium and rotating lecture rooms. One large and two small, round lecture halls are connected and can be used individually or as a combined space with the two smaller classrooms rotated to join the larger room. Level one houses high-traffic functions such as the Humanities Advisement Center, Family History Center and the child/family studies labs (preschool-observation labs).
Levels two, three and four contain the dean’s suite, 15 department suites and about 350 faculty offices.