Becker Communication Studies Building
- East Campus
What You'll Find Here:
- Communication Studies Department
- Cinema and Comparative Literature Department
- Classrooms and faculty offices
Wireless Access - Coverage throughout the building.
Built during the presidency of James O. Freedman (1982–1987), Becker Communication Studies Building was state-of-the-art, from the exterior design to its broadcasting facilities. It was rededicated in 1993 in honor of Samuel L. Becker, distinguished professor emeritus in communication studies.
Becker Communication Studies Building exhibits many of the hallmarks of Late Modernism: shifted-grid plan, stark massing, dark- tinted and mirrored glass, and circular vent openings. The dark glazing of the window walls of the main level on the street front creates the illusion of a red-brick monolith floating on a white concrete band, an effect similar to that on the International style Communications Center just down the street.
Set at a 45-degree angle to the monolithic street-front block, the projecting mirrored auditorium section serves as a transition between two red-brick-clad masses. These large, sharp-edged monochromatic forms are used to create visual interest, but there is also a unique acknowledgment of the adjacent campus setting—the Becker Building’s east-facing mirror-glass windows are angled to provide a reflected view of the gilded lantern dome of Old Capitol; thus, the building’s design reflects its campus context. In the atrium, a Chinese moon gate, curving stair ramps, and oceanliner railings all suggest travel and communication with distant places.