About the project


Evening view of The Center for Black Excellence | a history & cultural center by JLA Architects in Madison, WI

About the Project

The Center for Black Excellence & Culture is a transformational cultural education and economic center intended to realize Black excellence embedded in the Greater Madison community. The design of The Center revolves around the ‘Black Aesthetic’ incorporating elements of drama, ‘will to adorn’, asymmetry, among other qualities. The Center was designed to celebrate and encompass Black culture both through the architectural design and in its programming.

The programming includes innovation & leadership development spaces; history, culture, and gathering places, performance theatres & studios, as well as wellness spaces.

JLA has partnered with the organization & the greater community throughout the programming and workshop phases up through its current design development as the organization embarks on its capital funding campaign.


Madison, Wis.


A 56,000 s.f. cultural center, including:

A lower level with a 3,500 s.f. multipurpose room with stage, a garden atrium, fitness room, art production studio, recording studio, set design studio, lounge/bar area, and parking garage.

The main level will feature a multi-level atrium space, an art gallery, reading area, lounge, kitchen (with a demostration area), senior community room, multi-media room, gift shop, childcare & youth rooms.

The upper level will be comprised of offices, conference rooms, a large coworking space, as well as a private lounge.


In Progress