Dental School Building

Baltimore, Maryland

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“Within its urban context, this superbly composed building relates well to the surrounding campus structures while introducing dramatic new profiles to the campus skyline. This large in-town Dental school becomes a series of articulated parts that mediates, but doesn't apologize for, its scale. This large academic and research facility maintains a level of detailing that is often lost in buildings of this size. The light filled, wood paneled walls and layering of volumes and planes provide rich, dynamic spaces.”
AIA Pennsylvania Jury



The Dental School of University of Maryland, Baltimore is a densely urban project, complex in its technical, social and organizational requirements. Its mix of clinical, teaching and research spaces, arrayed vertically over 12 stories, represent a new model for oral health education in a compact urban setting. Educational and clinical areas are located closer to the ground on the lower levels, and the more restricted research areas on upper levels; all are linked by a central spine of mechanical, electrical, and information technology infrastructure.

The building’s technical performance is complemented by a modern design that promotes a humane, open culture of scholarship and patient care. At the street level, a low, glass-enclosed entry arcade orients toward the sun. Containing entrances, concourse, lobbies, exhibits and a public café, the arcade extends along Baltimore Avenue, reinforcing its urban setting and engaging in the life of the street.

Rising above this space, an eleven-story tower mass extends northward a full city block. Two large atria punctuate the tower’s volume, providing dramatic daylight and views while inviting and orienting people on their journey through the building. On the exterior, brick, limestone and metal panel harmonize with the surrounding campus.

Project Data

Baltimore, Maryland
2000 – 2005
360,000 sf


Bronze Award, Educational Category, Brick in Architecture Awards
Merit Award for Design
Craftsmanship Award for Drafting / Coordination
Craftsmanship Award for Mechanical / Plumbing