Yale University


Center for British Art


Mechanical & Electrical
Fire Protection


New Haven, Connecticut




Knight Architecture


112,600 square feet

The Building Itself is a Work of Art

The Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) is famed architect Louis I. Kahn’s last major architectural work, and it serves as the main exhibition and storage space for Yale’s vast collection of art. The YCBA offers greater access to the largest collection of British art outside Great Britain.

As part of a comprehensive renovation project, the space for accessing prints, drawings, rare books, and manuscripts underwent a major refurbishment, the first since the building opened in 1977. We improved electrical distribution, rebalanced HVAC systems, refurbished interior finishes and furnishings, improved water management at exterior walls, added power outlets, and altered office space layouts.

We integrated renovations into the original design aesthetic and addressed safety issues such as fire suppression and important technology upgrades, including additional ethernet connections and power outlets. All of the changes adapted the building’s design to modern safety regulations and technology while improving the visitor experience by taking into account advances in technology, including cell phone and iPad photography.

In 2016, the Yale Center for British Art won the AIA New England Award for Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse Honor and the Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse People’s Choice Award. In addition, YCBA received the 2016 AIA Connecticut Preservation Honor Award.