University of Chicago Neubauer Collegium for Culture & Society


Photo Credit : Tom Rossiter


Silver Winner 

Project Overview

The design for this research incubator gives form to a new vision for global interdisciplinary study, transforming a historic place into an inspiring home for 21st-century scholars.

Project Commissioner

University of Chicago

Project Creator

Kliment Halsband Architects


Michael A. Nieminen FAIA
Frances Halsband FAIA
David Whitehill AIA
Nathalie Westervelt

Project Brief

The Collegium welcomes teams of visiting scholars working together on collaborative projects, and offers a variety of public and private spaces in an open and accessible setting.

Presentation and exhibition spaces in restored historic spaces invite the public. Collaborative studios, workshops and offices for visiting scholars are located on upper floors.

The glass-walled offices are grouped around shared studios. These clusters provide visibility and privacy in a variety of contexts to accommodate a range of work styles and research needs, transforming the traditional building into a modern-day incubator for interdisciplinary research.

Project Innovation/Need

The pyramidal design motif in the marble paneling of the ceremonial stair is transformed into a contemporary pattern for the entrance canopy and the laser cut steel screen at the entrance and stair.

This combination of historic and modern elements is a visual representation of the goals of the institute, bringing together past, present, and future.

This award celebrates the design process and product of planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, and aesthetic considerations. Consideration given for material selection, technology, light and shadow. 
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