Multidisciplinary inquiry is the heartbeat of a liberal arts education. It believes that for ideas to influence an increasingly connected world, they need to be forged in a fire fueled by diverse perspectives. The University of Texas’s College of Liberal Arts needed a central location to stoke those flames. Overland’s design for the new Liberal Arts Building is just the place, serving as the fundamental backbone for the College of Liberal Arts and providing a unified identity and home for the various Liberal Arts departments within an innovative and flexible modern learning environment.
Imagine you are a student with a brilliant idea. You’ve asked all the questions you know to ask, and found all the answers your professors have to offer. Still, you have the nagging suspicion that there could be more, something that’s missing. You sense that somewhere on campus, someone is asking the right questions to unlock new lines of research, new perspectives, and take your idea from brilliant to ground breaking.But where do you begin? Within the university’s largest college, making those connections was a logistical hurdle.
What if you could start one floor above you? Or just across the hall? What if those who could help you were sharing space and ideas?
That potential, and all the innovation it could yield, not only excited the dean of the Liberal Arts college, he knew it was critical for the future of the college.
The coordination between the College and the architects [Overland] was largely unprecedented. The budgetary success of the project will influence the way UT approaches new construction projects in the coming years.
- American Society of Landscape Architects Design Award 2014
- Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction Award 2013
- Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design Awards 2013
- AIA San Antonio Design Merit Award 2013
- CRSI Honor Awards 2013
- Architizer, “Texas Universities Get Efficient, Forward-Thinking Spaces Thanks to Connected BIM Technology,” January 2017
- ArchDaily, “College of Liberal Arts,” April 2015
- Texas Architect, “What Starts Here,” November/December 2013
- The Alcalde, Texas Exes’ Magazine, “Under One Roof,” March/April 2013
- The Daily Texan, “New Liberal Arts Building Grades Out as a Gem,” January 2013
- Tower Talk, “Grand Opening Signals New Day For Liberal Arts,” January 2013