CAPA is housed in a state-of-the-art facility designed by award-winning architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. It blends the studio of the artist, the laboratory of the scientist, the think tank of the policymaker, and the town square of the citizen.

CAPA courtyard
CAPA exterior

CAPA is a 15,000-square-feet complex of three buildings nestled along the central meadow of Bennington’s campus.

The Symposium

The 80-seat conference room, the Symposium, was modeled after the United Nations to facilitate discussion and deliberation.

Design Labs

CAPA has two classrooms, called Design Labs, designed for collaborative work.

Lens interior

The Lens provides a space for quiet contemplation.

The Lens oculus

Completely off the grid, the only source of light in the Lens is an oculus opening to the sky. It is opened and closed by a hand-cranked wheel.

CAPA exterior and sign

CAPA was made from Vermont marble and is heated and cooled by geo-thermal technology.

CAPA at night