Johns Hopkins University, Brody Learning Commons by Shepley Bulfinch

Architecture, Education

Johns Hopkins University, Brody Learning Commons in Baltimore, MD designed by international architecture, planning, and interior design firm Shepley Bulfinch.

Johns Hopkins University, Brody Learning Commons in Baltimore, Maryland designed by international architecture, planning, and interior design firm Shepley Bulfinch. Shepley Bulfinch has studios in Boston – Massachusetts, Phoenix – Arizona, and in San Francisco – California. Brody Learning Commons furthers the Eisenhower Library’s role as the intellectual, social, and physical heart of the Homewood campus and gives users a portal to the physical and virtual resources of the Sheridan Library system.

The technology-rich Learning Commons includes group study spaces, seminar rooms, and a state-of-the-art lab designed to integrate the role of scientists into the field of paper and manuscript conservation.

The Rare Books and Manuscripts collection is on prominent physical display, supplemented by digital presentation of materials that allows users to compare and contrast different editions of rare documents in virtual and physical form.

An atrium, which provides a transition between Brody and the Library allows natural light to reach the lower levels of the Library while providing a civic space for the Learning Commons and the library community.

The highly sustainable project is being designed to LEED Silver standards. Total Square Footage: 40,000 s.f. Project design year is 2012.

Shepley Bulfinch is an international architecture, planning, and interior design firm formed in 1874 by the famed American architect Henry Hobson Richardson.

Shepley Bulfinch (Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott Inc.) is an international architecture, planning, and interior design firm with offices in Boston, Phoenix, and San Francisco. It is the successor firm to the architecture practice formed in Boston in 1874 by the famed American architect Henry Hobson Richardson. Shepley Bulfinch is one of the oldest and most notable architecture firms in continuous practice in the United States and was recognized by The American Institute of Architects with its highest honor, the AIA Architecture Firm Award, in 1974.

Shepley Bulfinch designs spaces where tomorrow’s ambitions are realized, offering architecture, planning, and design solutions to leading institutional and corporate clients. They see design as a process, not a problem. Because one size doesn’t fit all, they don’t show up with an off-the-shelf solution. Instead, Shepley Bulfinch brings their ambition, expertise, and passion for design partnership, synthesizing their clients’ vision into a plan of action and physical form. That’s why their clients say Shepley Bulfinch gives them spaces that work for them – that at times they understood what they were asking for before they did.

Inspiration isn’t constrained by disciplinary or geographic boundaries. With studios in Boston, Phoenix, and San Francisco, Shepley Bulfinch are a diverse community of 135 people with a pluralism that makes room for diverse thinking. They work together in open and flexible studios, inspiring and challenging one another. In their practice, founded by architectural giant Henry Hobson Richardson in 1874, they take Richardson’s vision and his passion for design and they make it their own. Recipient, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Firm Award.

Shepley Bulfinch understands the power of design as a catalyst for change, and celebrate the diversity of thought, culture, education, and experience that spans all levels of their practice. Their strength as a firm rests in this diversity, bound by a shared commitment and a passion for their work. They draw inspiration from one another as they work together, with a collective spark and a sense of the possible. Their vision is why they design. Their people are why they succeed. Honoree, American Institute of Architects Diversity Recognition Program, 2011.


Carole C. Wedge, Jennifer Aliber, Janette S. Blackburn, Sidney R. Bowen, Stephen J. Erwin, Joe Herzog, Edward P. Hughes, Thomas D. Kearns, Uma Ramanathan, Peter J. Schlosser, Mario Vieira, Angela E. Watson, Elise F. Woodward, Sharon E. Woodworth.

Consulting Principals

Garrold E. Baker, Geoffrey T. Freeman, Ralph T. Jackson, Martha Rothman.

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