Design Vault Ep. 22 Lawrenceville School with Daniela Holt Voith


Design Vault Ep. 22 Lawrenceville School with Daniela Holt Voith




Daniela Holt Voith, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, IIDA, ASID, is a founding principal of Voith & Mactavish Architects and our director of design. Holding degrees from Yale University School of Architecture and Bryn Mawr College, Daniela has dedicated her career to promoting the advancement of design for educational environments. Her client-focused practice supports leading edge pedagogical thought and encourages mindful ways of living and learning. Daniela has developed a method of practice that moves fluidly from planning initiatives to building design. Her many long-term relationships with educational institutions result in designs that carefully suit her clients’ missions, reflect their architectural identities, and assist in achieving their strategic goals. She is also consistently looking for ways for her projects to be sustainable in innovative ways. Her work has received numerous national and local accolades. 


Daniela is also an educator. Since the early 1980’s she has taught at Yale University as a TA, University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, and has developed and taught Bryn Mawr College’s design studio program. She often serves on juries for professional awards in architectural design and construction quality, as well as serving on academic reviews.







The prestigious independent school, Lawrenceville, sought to promote love and loyalty within its student body through a transformative  renovation of the 1960’s-era Abbott Dining Hall that exclusively serves senior, or “Fifth Form,” students in their last year on campus. The project would respond to the style of the adjacent Upper House dorm and other Peabody & Stearns architecture to help achieve that goal.

VMA’s reconfiguration blends seamlessly into the Lawrenceville aesthetic with new brick facades and pitched slate roof, supported by glulam beam trusses. In addition to a complete redesign of the kitchen and servery, custom white oak furniture and booth seating ensure flexibility of layout. Finally, white oak paneling, terrazzo flooring, and over-scaled fireplaces complete the vision. 

With its memorabilia-lined entry hallway, lounge, and private dining areas, Abbott may now serve as an exclusive space for seniors to socialize, dine, and reflect on their years at Lawrenceville. In addition, the enlarged terrace provides outdoor seating options for mealtime and special events, expanding the scope of possible activities in the space.


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