KUT Public Media Studios

Austin, TX

One of the top public radio stations in the country, KUT takes pride in playing hand-picked music that is both innovative and authentic in addition to providing online content and audio streaming, news production, public service, and nationally distributed program production. Housed in the new University of Texas Belo Center for New Media, the new design will establish KUT as the cornerstone beacon of one of University of Texas’s most prominent campus gateways. Programmatically, the project includes the design of state-of-the-art performance, music, and talk studios, content and broadcasting producer commons, common spaces, and administrative spaces.

Two of KUT’s guiding project goals were first, to integrate the community into all aspects of what they do and second, to recast the way the various departments and internal creative entities work together. The first goal was achieved by locating KUT’s major music production space, Studio 1A, and its major news and music production rooms in prominent locations relative both to the immediate surroundings and the campus as a whole. The second goal was achieved through the creation of a “producer’s commons”. All content and broadcast spaces are organized in an open plan loft configuration with workstations clustered by program activity to promote crossover communication and interaction among different media divisions.