Renowned architect Graham Gund to discuss the spaces that have shaped Kenyon’s campus

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GAMBIER, Ohio — Renowned architect Graham Gund, a 1963 graduate of Kenyon College, has created a number of landmark spaces for the Kenyon community, renovating and creating buildings including Horvitz Hall, the Kenyon Athletic Center and the Gund Gallery. He will discuss his ongoing work in this year’s Kenyon Unique lecture, to be held Saturday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater, 101 ½ College Drive.

The Kenyon Unique lecture series features conversations with distinguished faculty members and Kenyon alumni. Gund will discuss his creative process with Kenyon Board of Trustees member and 1977 graduate Matthew Winkler in a live-streamed event that will be recorded for a digital archive. A reception will follow.

“I think it’s very important how schools start out with their buildings,” Gund said. “You can almost tell when you look at the original buildings how successful the campus is going to be in the future. Because if there’s a strong interest in design in the beginning, then better buildings kind of follow.”

After graduating from Kenyon in 1963, Gund earned two master’s degrees in architecture and urban design from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He founded the architectural and planning firm GUND Partnership in 1971, and the firm has won scores of awards for buildings in Boston, Cleveland and Washington, D.C.

Gund’s firm has made important additions to many campuses, including the Ohio State University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Pennsylvania State University.  In the past 16 years he has returned to Gambier to create a wide range of buildings that enhance the College’s original vision for a liberal arts community.

One of his most notable projects at Kenyon was the renovation and expansion of the Gothic revival Peirce Hall. Gund’s addition includes heavily used spaces such as the open, sun-drenched dining room of Thomas Hall, the relaxed Peirce Pub and a variety of modern conference rooms.

GUND Partnership also created the award-winning Kenyon Athletic Center. The 2006 building houses all of Kenyon’s varsity athletics and spaces for recreational sports and has become a center for campus life.

Gund and his team also have given the sciences a distinct home at Kenyon with structures that form a quad. The firm also designed the LEED-certified North Campus Apartments and added the versatile Storer Hall behind Rosse Hall. The GUND Partnership even designed the restoration of the Wright Center in downtown Mount Vernon, which opened to classes in January.

This event is free and open to the public. For past Kenyon Unique speeches, visit www.kenyon.edu/middle-path/publications/kenyon-unique/.