Nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains, Darden offers students an ideal learning environment. The bucolic Grounds are both a quiet haven away and hive of activity, a place where contemplation and personal growth are fostered. Designed by renowned American architect Robert A. M. Stern to complement Jefferson’s aesthetic vision for UVA, the Darden buildings feature sand-struck Virginia brick, Chippendale balustrades and red-metal standing seam roofs. An oasis of learning, the Darden Grounds were designed to inspire students, faculty and staff to collaborate and innovate together in a space of mutual respect and understanding. The School’s facilities include: Inn at Darden (a full-service hotel) Elegant dining facilities that can accommodate banquets for up to 400 people A 450-seat multimedia auditorium 340,000 square feet of space Camp Library, with more than 100,000 volumes, 1,100 periodicals and 120 online databases A professional-grade video production studio Explore the Darden Grounds. For an in-person visit, use the maps & directions resources. You can also tour the Grounds virtually.