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Sustainable Music Studios for the University of Miami

University of Miami Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios
Miami, Florida, USA

The Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios complex is the first phase of a master plan to renovate and expand the Frost School of Music on the University of Miami’s campus.

The plan, which will add 86,000 square feet of new space to the heart of the campus, includes the construction of four new buildings and the renovation of four existing mid-century modern structures. It also creates a new courtyard and preserves green space within the central quadrangle.

Framed in structural white precast concrete, the Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios complex is designed to maximize natural light and views while minimizing solar heat gain and glare.

Each of the 77 chamber-music studios is a “floating box-within-a-box,” with independent walls, floors and ceilings to provide optimal acoustics for teaching, learning and performing music. The facility also includes two oversized rehearsal halls, a reception and information center, and a furnished breezeway.

Designed for LEED Platinum certification, the complex integrates energy-efficient windows, rooftop solar panels and water cisterns.

The next phase of the master plan will include a state-of-the-art, 200-seat recital hall with a glass-backed performance stage that overlooks Lake Osceola and its central fountain. 

Future phases will create another teaching building and the Center for Experiential Music, which will contain classrooms, mixing and control rooms, a jazz rehearsal room, and two performance spaces: the “White Box” recital hall for pure acoustic performance and practice and the “Black Box” recital hall for mixed media, electronic music, performance and experimentation.

All new buildings are being designed with careful attention to the unique acoustic requirements. Existing buildings will be carefully renovated and modernized to respect their historic value. 


LEED Platinum anticipated


New construction: 41,000 sq. ft. / 3,800 sq. m.
Renovation: 20,000 sq. ft. / 1,860 sq. m.


Interior Design
Master Planning


ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean Chapter – Vision Award, Project of the Year

ENR Southeast – Best Projects Award, Green Project


31 August 2015
“University of Miami Frost Music Studios Wins ULI Project of the Year Award”
HOK News

20 February 2015
“Pitch Perfect: UM Dedicates Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios”
University of Miami

8 February 2013
“Musical Celebration Marks Groundbreaking for Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios”
University of Miami