From 2008 to 2017 Robert A.M. Stern Architects was responsible for the design of two new residential colleges at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Benjamin Franklin College and Pauli Murray College became the thirteenth and fourteenth residential colleges on the university’s campus.
The construction of Benjamin Franklin and Pauli Murray Colleges involved combining the most advanced building technologies with traditional artisanal techniques. We undertook extensive research to guide our work crafting the character of the colleges and the myriad architectural details that constitute their design, from stone ornament to stained-glass windows. In particular, the design and fabrication of the nine metal entryway gates offer up valuable lessons about research, craft, and production for contemporary design.