Haverford College
Jaharis Recital Hall and Roberts Music Building



Jaharis Recital Hall and Roberts Music Building


Haverford College


Haverford, PA




15,000 GSF


The Arts, Renovations + Additions

This new home for the Music Department at Haverford College includes a new building and renovated spaces within Roberts Hall. The building frames dramatic views of Barclay Beach, Haverford’s iconic front lawn and is in-fused with balanced daylight throughout. The principal space, Michael Jaharis Recital Hall, is a 3,000 sf Orchestra Rehearsal Room that also serves as a Recital Hall for up to 200 audience members. Acoustical considerations of isolation, adjustability, and reflection guided the project and led to its special shape and form to ensure a home for music with acoustics of the highest level.


The building is organized around a two-story lobby that serves as the “living room” for the building and where all activities are visible including the discrete activities of instruction, rehearsal, performance, and research. The lobby itself serves as the reading room for the music library and offers portals to the main rehearsal/performance space, the large music classroom, and the faculty offices.

Awards + Recognition

2023 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Schools & Universities Award

2022 National AIA-CAE/SCUP Excellence in Architecture Honorable Mention

Project Consultants

Structural Engineer | LeMessurier Consultants, Inc.

Mechanical / Electrical Engineer | Bala Consulting Engineers

Civil Engineer | Nave Newell, Inc.

Landscape Architect | Nave Newell, Inc.

Lighting Consultant | Atelier Ten

Theater Consultant | Theatre Projects Consultants, Inc.

Acoustical Engineer | Kirkegaard Associates

AV Consultant | Kirkegaard Associates

Photographer | Robert Benson

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