Home to drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and digital arts courses, this building (designed by wHY Architects) allows daylight and green views to flood the studios and let passersby view artists at work. The building sits on the edge of a native Oak stand at the gateway to the Sontag Greek Theater. The landscape design reflects the historic movement of water through the site with a modular pavement system that erodes to form green spaces within a central courtyard. An outdoor classroom acts as a transition between the developed landscape and the Oaks. Low impact development strategies and an efficient irrigation system make the most of Claremont’s infrequent rains and reduce water use on site. The design maximizes flexibility to give students and faculty plenty of space to gather and make/exhibit art in the landscape.