University of Chicago to continue expansion of College housing

January 23, 2018
Continuing efforts to enhance on-campus housing for College students, the University of Chicago plans to build a new residential hall and dining commons that will open in the 2020-21 academic year. The new Woodlawn Residential Commons will be located between Woodlawn and University avenues, just north of 61st Street. The new facility will house approximately 1,200 undergraduate students and resident staff, along with amenities, including lounges, study rooms and outdoor spaces. The facility...

Exhibition studies U.S. international relations through architecture

October 26, 2017
After the brutality of World War II, the United States sought to usher in a new era of optimism in the late 1940’s through an ambitious embassy program that called on some of the greatest architects of the century to design buildings that represented a new foreign policy of openness, dialogue and progress.  Those efforts are now the central theme of the latest exhibition at the Neubauer Collegium entitled Havana Case Study, which runs now through Dec. 15, 2017. It is one of several programs...

Renovated physics research center to study the mysteries of the universe

October 20, 2017
The University of Chicago officially opened its renovated Physics Research Center, which boasts new labs to pursue research on the mysteries of the universe, including dark matter, high-energy cosmic rays and ghostly particles called neutrinos. The former Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research, originally built with NASA funding in 1965, was expanded during the two-year project, with two floors added to house more than 140 researchers and students and 12 physics laboratories. “The...

UChicago appointed co-commissioner of U.S. Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale

August 30, 2017
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago jointly announced today their selection by the U.S. Department of State to serve as co-commissioners of the United States Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. As co-commissioners, the two institutions will organize Dimensions of Citizenship, the exhibition they proposed as the official United States contribution to the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, on view from May 26 through Nov. 25, 2018. The...

Workshops imagine future for urban design at UChicago

August 08, 2017
Across the University of Chicago campus, researchers from a variety of disciplines are engaged in thinking about urban design and architecture and its future on campus. Along with UChicago Urban, Bill Brown, senior adviser to the Provost for Arts, and Christine Mehring, chair and professor of Art History, invited leading scholars and practitioners of architecture and design for a pair of workshops this past spring entitled “Designing Urbanism.” They met to gather insights on the current...

University updates design of Rubenstein Forum

May 10, 2017
The University of Chicago has updated the architectural design for the David M. Rubenstein Forum by New York-based firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The building, which will be a center of intellectual exchange, scholarly collaboration and special events, will provide the University with much needed meeting spaces for workshops, symposia and lectures, among other activities. The building’s location, at the southeast corner of Woodlawn Avenue and 60th Street, affords views of the campus and the...

University of Chicago opens Campus North Residential Commons

September 12, 2016
The University of Chicago’s Campus North Residential Commons and Frank and Laura Baker Dining Commons will open for students on Sept. 17, along with street-level retail shops and amenities that will benefit the Hyde Park community. Designed by Studio Gang Architects, a design practice led by renowned architect Jeanne Gang and based in Chicago and New York, the project will enhance campus life for University students and create a new campus gateway that embraces its surroundings. “This is a...

Design unveiled for the new Rubenstein Forum

May 25, 2016
The University of Chicago has approved a preliminary architectural design by New York-based international firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) for the David M. Rubenstein Forum, a new hub for convening and scholarly collaboration to be located at the southeast corner of Woodlawn Avenue and 60th Street. Designed as a place of intellectual, institutional and educational exchange, the 90,000-square-foot building is organized around the need for a variety of meeting spaces. The program for the...

University to host events, exhibitions for inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial

September 15, 2015
The University of Chicago will host a rich array of events, programs and exhibitions this fall as part of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, a three-month international survey of contemporary architecture in North America. The events will showcase the University’s evolution as a destination for art and architecture in the city of Chicago. The campus’ early neo-Gothic buildings remain a hallmark of the University and a symbol of its scholarly legacy; today, the institution...

Wendy Doniger on the University of Chicago’s Architectural “Neighborhoods”

July 10, 2015
Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions, discusses how different architectural styles coexist and complement one another on campus. Among these architecturally diverse buildings is the Divinity School, where her office, made famous by the film Proof, has become known as one of the most beautiful on campus.