Bard College — a music conservatory’s home, for teaching and performance

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
16,000 square feet
Type: Academic / Arts
Theme: Making & Learning

Our design for the Laszlo Z. Bitó ’60 building at the Bard College Conservatory of Music is crafted to suit the Conservatory’s mission: providing top-level musical training in the context of a liberal arts education. Our 16,000 square foot layout reflects the alternating uses of instruction and performance by ensuring its spaces – teaching studios, classrooms, rehearsal spaces and a state-of-the-art performance hall– are exceptionally versatile.

The performance hall can seat 150 guests as comfortably as a small, intimate audience. Our acoustically isolated rehearsal studios can accommodate individual musicians, a professor and student, or small ensembles. We paired the building’s bold yet balanced massing with crisp white stucco and rich mahogany. As a result, despite its modest size, the Bard Conservatory of Music holds a strong presence on the Bard Campus.

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Key People

Deborah Berke

Catherine Bird
Project Lead

Arthi Krishnamoorthy
Project Manager

Christopher Yost
Project Designer



Kohler Ronan
MEP Engineer

Morris Associates
Civil Engineer

Ross Dalland P.E.
Structural Engineer

Harvey Marshall Berling Associates
Theater Consultant

Acoustical Engineer

PHT Lighting
Lighting Designer

Context & Drawings