Building Stories: Cummings Arts Center

By: Andrew Nathanson '13

Advising Faculty: Bridget Baird

A historical documentary about the College’s Cummings Arts Center features hundreds of historical documents and photos, as well as 3D models Nathanson created using the design software SketchUp. He also gathered personal statements and recollections from faculty and staff about the construction and early years of the building, which opened in 1969 after nearly two years of construction. For this extensive and multidisciplinary project, Nathanson drew inspiration from a former student’s thesis on the architectural history of all of the buildings at the College. And with the College’s Centennial occurring during his undergraduate years, Nathanson decided that a historical approach for his own project would be most relevant.

Related Fields: Architectural Studies