Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia
Carlos Jiménez 

Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia

Carlos Jiménez 

Since the Tyler School of Art of Temple University was founded in the early 1930s, the school occupied a bucolic suburb in North Philadelphia. Tyler’s scattered residential-scaled buildings had, by 2003, fallen in disrepair leading the University to relocate its renowned art school to their Main campus in downtown Philadelphia. This sweeping move was two-fold: to provide Tyler with a centralized and updated facility and to bring the school to the main campus and center city.

The 250,000 square foot building consists of a full basement (photography, woodshops, lecture hall and mechanical spaces), a first level (lobby, admissions, main school gallery, ceramics, sculpture and glass studios), a second level (metals, jewelry, printing, graphics, fibers and foundation studios), and a north facing third-level attic (drawing and painting studios). All of Tyler’s academies retain their distinct spaces within a cohesive whole interwoven by a generous two-level promenade. Though constructed under a very limited budget, the design solution incorporates “state of the art” equipment, sustainable mechanical systems, high-energy efficiency windows, along with modest yet durable materials enhanced by a rich interplay of color and light. 

Superficie Building size

23.000 m² 250,000 ft²

Finalización Completion


Cliente Owner

Temple University

Arquitecto Architect

Carlos Jiménez Studio, Houston, Texas

H2L2 Architects/Planners, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (arquitecto local architect of record)

Equipo Project team

Carlos Jiménez Studio: Carlos Jiménez (director, autor del proyecto principal, project designer); Brett Zamore, Brian K. Burke, Joseph Han, John H. Bowley, AIA

H2L2 Architects/Planners: Mykhaylo Kulynych (director principal), Bruce Chamberlin, AIA, (arquitecto de proyecto project architect), Heather Coyne, AIA

Consultores Project consultants

O’Donnell & Naccarato (estructura structure); Brinjac Engineering, Inc, (MEP); Pennori Associates, Inc (ingeniería civil civil engineering); Hunter Roberts Construction Group (presupuesto cost); Lighting Design Collaborative (iluminación lighting)

Contratista Contractor

Hunter Roberts Construction Group, New York

Fotos Photos

Paul Hester, Hester+Hardaway Photographers