This page highlights the planning process for the new College of Art and Design, including the approvals process with the City of Cambridge, the architectural designs of Bruner/Cott and the approach to restoring the historic 19th century church for a new purpose that has preserved the building as a treasured Cambridge landmark.
The Lesley University College of Art and Design has
relocated from Kenmore Square in Boston to Cambridge, bringing a community of artists
and creating a cultural center in the heart of Porter
In conversations with both Lesley and Cambridge community groups, neighbors and city
officials, plans centered on transforming the historic former North
Prospect Church into a new center of learning, art making, public
exhibition and arts-related events.
The new College of Art and Design is a prominent and significant member of the already-vibrant Cambridge
arts community. On a site adjacent to Lesley's University Hall, in a
bustling city square with an eclectic mix of retail and dining options, it provides new art galleries, an arts library and
well-designed gathering spaces.
location affords Art and Design students increased exposure to and interaction with
a community that has a storied tradition of supporting the arts as an
important component of urban life. The College of Art and Design also brings to
Cambridge a new resource of artistic partnership, art exhibition, and a
year-round program of guest artists, lectures and symposia by artists of
local, national and international renown.
Lunder Arts Center
The College of Art and Design
Arts Construction Updates
Green Campus Initiative