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Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

20 Mar 2018
Image Credit: Bruce Damonte
Architectural Credit: KPMB Architects
Location: Evanston, Illinois, USA 
Architect: KPMB Architects
Date of Completion: 2017

OAA Design Excellence Awards Finalist

Northwestern University invited the architects to create a global hub that will teach future leaders valuable lessons about collaboration, boldness and flexibility. Designed to host thought leaders from the spheres of business and politics, this state-of-the-art learning facility accommodates 1,200 students, 200 faculty and 200 administrative team members.

Site plan
Drawing Credit: KPMB Architects

South elevation above, plans and sections below
Drawings Credit: KPMB Architects
Photo Credit: Nic Lehoux

South Courtyard
Photo Credit: Nic Lehoux

East view of South Courtyard
Photo Credit: Nic Lehoux

The four five-storey loft buildings are sited at the intersection of north-south and east-west cross-axes. The four lofts are organized vertically over a common two-storey base called the Collaboration Plaza, a primary communal space. The design connects to Lake Michigan, the Chicago skyline and campus, with views on all sides. The siting responds to the arc of an existing path and the edge of the east playing field. As part of Northwestern’s commitment to energy efficiency, the design is targeted to achieve Platinum under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. 

East view from West Entrance
Photo Credit: Bruce Damonte

North view over Collaboration Plaza
Photo Credit: Bruce Damonte

View of Faculty Summit
Photo Credit: Bruce Damonte

The academic vision of embracing the transformative power of collaboration and the service of creating social well-being place the Kellogg School as a destination for students and world leaders to gather. Since opening in the spring of 2017, the Kellogg School is praised as one of the first business school buildings to address the needs of 21st century students. The design reinforces the importance of continued investment in architectural excellence in education.


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