American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, under the leadership of Terrie and Bradley Bloom, Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Producer Diane Borger, recently announced that it has selected architects at Haworth Tompkins to design the A.R.T.’s future home on Harvard’s Allston campus.

The forthcoming center for research and performance will be the first U.S. building designed by the United Kingdom-based firm, winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects 2014 Stirling Prize for its design of Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, England. Haworth Tompkins leads a team that also includes theatrical consultancy firm Charcoalblue and Boston-based ARC/ Architectural Resources Cambridge.

“Haworth Tompkins’ reputation precedes it as one of the great architectural studios of our time,” said Paulus. “Their work — including the Young Vic in London and the recent transformation of the Battersea Arts Center — reflects the dynamic, transformational energy that is at the core of any theatrical event. Drawing on its experience in sustainable design and urban development, Haworth Tompkins also profoundly understands the role that theaters can play within our cities and communities. It is committed to the values that animate our work at A.R.T. and I look forward to working with HT Director Steve Tompkins and the team to create a building that exemplifies our shared vision of the theater as a town hall for the 21st century.”

Founded in 1991 by Graham Haworth and Steve Tompkins, Haworth Tompkins is recognized for creating intelligent, purposeful, and sustainable designs and has received over 150 awards for projects across the sectors of culture, urban residential, heritage, and higher education. It is responsible for more than a dozen of the UK’s most highly regarded new and renovated theater buildings, beginning in 2000 with a reworking of London’s Royal Court Theatre.

Signature projects include Young Vic in 2006, Liverpool Everyman in 2013 National Theatre in 2015, Bridge Theatre in 2017 and Battersea Arts Centre in 2018.

“We are delighted to be joining the A.R.T. and Harvard University in imagining the new center for theater research and performance at Allston,” said Haworth Tompkins Director Steve Tompkins. “Our shared vision for the project is multi-faceted: we will aim to create an inspiring environment for making and experiencing theater; an enduring cultural asset for the University; a positive contributor to the richness and diversity of Allston; an exemplar of environmentally responsible design; and a welcoming place of entertainment, reflection, and debate for the whole community.”

In January 2019, Tompkins was named the most influential person in British theater by the UK’s The Stage, topping a list of 100 producers, artists and others.

Harvard University announced in February that a transformative gift from David E. and Stacey L. Goel would make it possible to begin planning for A.R.T.’s new home, which will anchor the university’s arts presence on its developing Allston campus.

The A.R.T., representatives from Harvard University and a peer architect review panel unanimously selected Haworth Tompkins for this project after reviewing proposals from firms based in the U.S. and UK. A site for the new building has yet to be announced. Design work on the new building is in the early stages, and the A.R.T. will continue to produce work at the Loeb Drama Center for several years while plans develop.