“The Karsh Institute works closely with partners on Grounds, in the surrounding community, across the country and around the world to build and strengthen democracy, and our new building will expand our capacity to do so,” said Melody Barnes, executive director of the Karsh Institute. “At its best, architecture unites form and function and thanks to the generosity of Martha and Bruce Karsh, as well as the creativity of the design team, we’ll have vibrant space that reflects our mission and supports the collaborative nature of our work.”
The Karsh Institute will be sited at one end of a linear green space, adjacent to the planned Virginia Guesthouse hotel and conference center and the School of Data Science, currently under construction within the corridor.
In its December meeting, the committee considered preliminary designs for the institute and suggested revisions. Alice Raucher, architect for the University, presented the updated plans to the board on Friday, comparing key elements of the design of the Karsh Institute with the Rotunda and the Lawn.