Magazine Examines History of Darden’s North Grounds Home
By Jay Hodgkins
In its summer issue, Virginia magazine examines a new book about the history of the University of Virginia’s North Grounds, which was created in the mid-1970s to accommodate the growing Darden School of Business and School of Law. The move away from Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village into modernist structures brought UVA’s unique tension over “evolving while staying the same” into focus. Darden later moved to a completely new home on North Grounds in the 1990s, which intentionally incorporated more elements of Jefferson’s Central Grounds design.
In his new book, The Law School at the University of Virginia: Architectural Expansion in the Realm of Thomas Jefferson, Philip Herrington (Grad ’07, ’12) examines what he calls “the push-pull between old and new” of the University’s history. He devotes half his book—which chronicles the migration of the Law School from the Rotunda to its current home—to the era when the Law, Darden and JAG schools all staked their futures on a move away from Central Grounds.
The magazine quotes Dean Emeritus Bob Bruner about the impact of Darden being located on North Grounds, and how those impacts have evolved over the years.
For more than three decades, Darden has been Robert Bruner’s home at UVA, from his faculty appointment in 1982 to his service as dean from 2005 to 2015. “Distance from the Rotunda presaged social distance within the University,” he says. “It made it more challenging to engage with other divisions, but as the University grows, the sense of separateness dissipates. … We engage with other schools, offer joint seminars and share research activities, but it takes a little extra effort for us to go to them and for them to come to us.”
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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