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Brown Center

Brown Center is a contemporary, soaring glass building. On the first level, the starkly beautiful four-story Leidy Atrium can accommodate parties, cocktail receptions, and pre- or post-performance receptions. Cohen Plaza, a beautifully landscaped plaza with a large fountain, is at the entrance to Brown Center and may be tented for events.

Design Architect

Charles Brickbauer

Architectural Firm

Ziger/Snead, LLC & Charles Brickbauer

Landscape Design

Higgins-Lazarus Landscape Architects


The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company


61,000 square feet


To serve as a center for MICA’s digital arts and design programs and provide exhibiton and performance space for the community.

Key Features

  • The Hall at Brown Center, a 525-seat state-of-the-art auditorium
  • Facilities for MICA’s majors in: Experimental Animation (BFA), Interactive Media (BFA), Video (BFA), Digital Arts (MA), Photography & Digital Imaging (MFA), and Graphic Design (BFA/MFA)
  • Digital music, video, and animation production studios, lecture halls, faculty offices, conference rooms, and exhibition spaces
  • Four-story glass atrium with spectacular city views
  • Landscaped plaza, an outdoor café terrace, and fountain


$20 million (including Cohen Plaza, renovations in adjacent Fox Building, and equipment)