Gallaudet University STM

Gallaudet University STM

Date: 2014 – 2016
Area: 62,910 ft² / 5,844 m²

Washington, DC

Spanning portions of the existing structure built in 1959 and 1991, this Science, Technology and Mathematics (STM) Laboratory renovation and expansion project provides state-of-the-art research and support facilities for Gallaudet University’s expanding sciences program. Inhabiting large sections of the existing third and fourth floors and a modest roof top addition, the project reimagines outmoded laboratories and clinical spaces and extends the building’s overall connectivity.

2016 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse, Merit Award
2016 AIA Virginia, Interior Design Merit Award

All photos copyright Anice Hoachlander

Gallaudet STM Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

DeafSpace Guidelines, Gallaudet University – in context to the built environment:  A DeafSpace is one in which deaf cultures, in all its diverse dimensions, can thrive through full access to communication and the unique cognitive, cultural and creative dimensions of deaf experience are encouraged. 

Gallaudet STM Studio Twenty Seven Architecture campus map
Gallaudet STM Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

Key objectives of the renovation and addition included:


  • Upgrade the quality and safety of all laboratory spaces to contemporary university standards
  • Create a collaborative student-centered learning environment
  • Enhance visibility for the STM and Psychology programs
  • Improve orientation, wayfinding, and connectivity to campus
  • Employ strategies of the DeafSpace Guidelines

The designers introduce natural light, exterior views, and student life to the academic building’s densely programmed core.