Yale Sculpture Building and Gallery

Process & Results


The predesign and programming for this project were undertaken by another architect. When KieranTimberlake embarked on the design, the firm determined that the program did not meet the client's requirements, so it undertook a programming study during the design phase.


This structure's exceptional environmental performance resulted from the fully integrated design process, which took the project all the way from programming through occupancy in only 22 months, less than half the time of a typical university project.

Although the client aspired to a LEED Silver rating, the project ultimately achieved a Platinum rating. The higher rating arose from the integrated process, not from exceptional expenditure for high-performance systems. The entire design team met with the client weekly for several months at the project's outset. All members present discussed the options as the team developed the program, site orientation, massing, landscape, structure, and curtainwall.


  • Architect Magazine in 2007;  Category/title: R&D Award
  • AIA Pennsylvania Chapter in 2007;  Category/title: Silver Medal
  • AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects in 2008

Our thanks to the ENERGY STAR program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and to the U.S. Department of Energy, and to BuildingGreen, Inc. for hosting the submission and judging forms.

For more information about the AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects, contact AIA/COTE. For help on how to use this Web site, contact .

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