UNR arts building winning architectural design awards

The University Arts Building is a $35.5 million state-of-the-art facility featuring The John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art, the Harlan O. and Barbara R. Hall Recital Hall, among other specialized arts areas at the University of Nevada, Reno. UNR image.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- The newly opened University Arts Building on the University of Nevada, Reno campus earned awards and honors for its design from architecture groups across the country.

“These regional and national awards herald the superior design and creative architecture of our new University Arts Building,” Debra Moddelmog, UNR dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said in a statement. “They emphasize that the building is not only world-class in terms of how it serves the arts but also aesthetically stunning both inside and out.”


The recognition includes:



  • Honor Award in Architecture category from American Institute of Architects (AIA) Cleveland

  • Merit Award in the Newly Completed Project category from AIA Ohio

  • Merit Award in the Built: Commercial Architecture category from AIA Nevada

  • Award of Merit in the Higher Education/Research category from ENR (Engineering News-Record) Southwest – Best Projects


The $35.5 million, nearly 42,500-square-foot building opened in February 2019 after almost two years of construction. Architecture firm DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky led the design, while Q&D Construction Inc. out of Sparks, Nevada, was the contractor.


The three-story facility includes a 287-seat recital hall, art museum, 3-D digital fabrication lab, electroacoustic composition lab, soundproof rehearsal spaces, music practice rooms, music faculty teaching studios and a recording studio. It was intended to create opportunities for collaborations between disciplines as well as to allow passersby to glimpse the artistic processes and creative activity inside as they walk through the heart of the campus.