Pierson College

Pierson College forms part of the western edge of Yale University’s undergraduate residential campus, along with neighboring Davenport College. The two red brick 1930s James Gamble Roger-designed buildings are updated inside and out by Kieran Timberlake and Marguerite Rodgers. Uniquely, to maximize programmatic offerings to the residents in both colleges, student life spaces are ingeniously inserted into previously unutilized basement levels. Connected and shared by both colleges via a series of contemporary stairs and ramps, students have expanded opportunities for activities, socialization, and study. Restored and brought up to twenty-first-century functionality, each building retains its singular identity, culture, and interior spaces. Pierson’s impressive library with its rotunda and arched ceilings, the paneled common rooms, and the bright dining hall reflect both the historic fabric and the evolution of student living. Residents of both colleges now also have the advantage of what is considered the best student life facilities at Yale.  

  • Architecture: KieranTimberlake
  • Photography: Halkin | Mason Photography LLC