Brigham Young University, Joseph F. Smith Building

Provo, Utah

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 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST 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.