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 USITT Architecture Honor Award

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

2016 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award

2016 AIA New England Design Citation 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