Berwick Hall

Architect: Hacker (formerly named THA or Thomas Hacker Associates). Acoustic design: Kierkegaard Associates (Chicago).
Location: 975 East 18th Avenue. Google Maps location.
Date: Groundbreaking took place Jun 17, 2016.


Berwick Hall is a new building under construction designed for offices, meeting spaces, and a large rehearsal space primarily serving the Oregon Bach Festival. The two-story building located adjacent to the Frohnmayer Music Building consists of 14,000 square feet with an estimated cost of $8.725 million.  Funding support has largely come from Phyllis and Andrew Berwick, UO grads and longtime supports of the Bach festival.  The Berwicks have already funded the festival’s Berwick Academy.  A 2,300 square feet rehearsal space is a significant feature of the new building.

Hacker was founded in 1983 by Thomas Hacker, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who moved to Oregon in 1970 and taught at the University of Oregon. Other works by Hacker at the University of Oregon are the HEDCO building of the College of Education, the James F. Miller Theater Complex and the the Lewis Integrative Science Building.  The firm was renamed "Hacker" in 2015 according to a press release of September 15, 2015.


Berwick Hall, Oregon Bach Festival

Oregon Bach Festival will get a new campus home thanks to Berwick gift, Around the O, June 3, 2015

Oregon Bach Festival breaks ground for new multi-purpose home on the University of Oregon campus, UO Media Release

Bjornstad, Randi. "Musically Gifted; A New Venue Will House the Event, Thanks to a Donation." Register Guard, May 26, 2017, 11.

Hacker [architectural firm's website].



Page author: Edward H. Teague