Yale Psychiatric Institute, 1989
Frank O. Gehry (b. 1929, D.F.A., Honorary, 2000)
Note: There is no public access to this building.
The Yale Psychiatric Institute, Frank Gehry's only design at Yale, was realized on a very tight budget and awkward site. The complex, now known as the Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital, gives off the impression of a village of small buildings grouped around a courtyard. While the Institute's windows are square and plain, the buildings themselves are a study in geometry and materiality. A copper arc tops the complex, covering a gym; brick and stucco finishes cover wings that jut out at irregular angles. Designed to meet the needs of 66 adolescent patients, the Institute sits at the edge of the Medical School's campus, near to the Hill neighborhood of New Haven.