Jefferson Scholars Foundation

Graduate Fellows Center
University of Virginia

The fundamental mission of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia is to identify, attract, and nurture individuals of extraordinary intellectual range and depth who possess the highest qualities of leadership, scholarship, and citizenship.

The Foundation engaged Matthews Development Company as its Owners Representative in the development of its visionary Graduate Fellows Center, a 28,000 sf interdisciplinary study center and organizational headquarters for the Jefferson Scholars Program.

LEED-Gold Awarded 2011.


  • Design and Construction Management
  • Capital and operational budget planning
  • Financing Support
  • Regulatory Approvals


2007 – 2010

28,000 square foot graduate fellows center and organizational headquarters


VMDO Architects, Charlottesville
Martin Horn Construction, Charlottesville


Concept Sketch (pdf)

Photo credit: VMDO Architects and Prakash Patel