Northwestern University | Ryan Center for the Musical Arts

Northwestern University’s Ryan Center for the Music Arts is a 150,000 sf state-of-the-art building, which joins the Beinen School of Music complex. Formerly three separate buildings, the facility features a dramatic glass atrium, a 400-seat recital hall, and a black box theatre. The building is LEED Gold certified.

Located on the southeast end of Northwestern’s Evanston campus, the facility accommodates faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, teaching labs and studios for choral, opera, voice and piano, student lounges, and practice rooms.

Operating as project manager, Cotter provided construction oversight, managed construction and design contracts in terms of scope, schedule, and budget, reviewed submittals, monitored the construction progress and managed the design and construction team.



LEED Gold Certification


2017 Design Evanston Award for New Construction and Landscape Design:

Evanston, Illinois



Square footage


Project completion

Project Team

I am grateful to have worked on a very high profile project for the client and architect, and a project that has added so much to the beautiful lakeshore landscape.

Did you know?

The new center houses the Beinen School of Music’s rehearsal, performance, classroom, and administrative spaces, and the School of Communication Dean’s office staff, as well as the administration for the Department of Theatre, the Department of Performance Studies, and the Dance Program.

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