For our first North American campus, we have selected a truly unique site. Situated on 13.7 wooded acres in Northwest Washington, D.C., the campus creates an impression of a “school in a park,” despite its thoroughly urban surroundings.

Renzo Piano and his team are transforming the interior of the existing 20th-century building, designed by Australian architect John Andrews. This dynamic learning environment will welcome in the surrounding community through a bright public entry with sweeping views into three of the school’s performance spaces.

One of the building’s most striking features, five soaring glass-enclosed courtyards, will be transformed into vibrant student commons. These will serve as the heart of the day-to-day activities of the school, where students meet their friends for lunch, collaborate on large projects, hold a club meeting, or even screen a film.