University of Virginia
Ruth Caplin Theatre



Ruth Caplin Theatre


University of Virginia


Charlottesville, VA




24,000 GSF


LEED Silver


Renovations + Additions, The Arts, Campus Innovations

Following our firm’s Arts Precinct Master Plan, completed in 2001, this addition to UVA's Drama Building features a new 300-seat multi-use Theater. Designed to heighten “thrust” experience (with audience surrounding the stage on three sides), the venue also accommodates film and dance. The project provides a new transparent façade (in front of the existing Drama Building) fronting on the Arts Quad, a steeply sloping green space that is the heart of the Master Plan. The building is fully integrated into the hillside, and is capped by a vegetated roof terrace. This glassy “Theater in the Landscape” fosters strong connections among the Arts disciplines that surround the quadrangle.

Awards + Recognition

2018 National AIA-CAE/SCUP Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse Honorable Mention

2018 USITT Architecture Honor Award

2016 AIA New England Design Citation

2016 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award

Project Consultants

Structural Engineer | LeMessurier Consultants, Inc.

Mechanical / Electrical Engineer | TMP Engineering

Civil Engineer | Harriman Associates

Landscape Architect | Carol R Johnson Associates, Inc.

Lighting Consultant | Tillotson Design Associates

Theater Consultant | Theatre Projects Consultants, Inc.

Acoustical Engineer | Threshold Acoustics LLC

AV Consultant | Threshold Acoustics LLC

Photographer | Robert Benson, Sanjay Suchak + Mona Kasra