The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, Robert B. Rowling Hall
A stage for spontaneous collaboration, purposeful interaction, sharing ideas and networking, Robert Rowling Hall defines a powerful new identity for the McCombs School. The design is the physical embodiment of the highest ideals for business and business education – invention, innovation and human interaction through collaborative engagement and problem-solving.
Business school education has evolved rapidly and much has changed, yet much remains the same. While the design of Rowling Hall at the McCombs School anticipates and welcomes a more actively diverse curriculum and student body base, it also recognizes the stability of and continued need for business networks. These networks both progressively and historically are merged in the design as a continuum and recognition of the unfolding future of business education.
A metaphorical geode, the building design juxtaposes an elegant limestone outer perimeter, which directly references the venerable buildings of the historic campus, with a faceted, glassy inner perimeter that maximizes transparency, accessibility and visibility to reinforce community.
Rowling Hall will serve as a hub for graduate students to meet with peers, faculty, recruiters and members of the business community to openly exchange ideas, network and work in teams, just as they will in the business world.
A central, public entry plaza establishes the building as a destination creates a dramatic sense of arrival and continues the rich network of green spaces that characterizes the campus.
The five-story arrival space showcases business school activities and forms the building’s social center. All levels link directly to this gathering space, while also connecting to a cascading array of outdoor terraces that enhance the visibility of the McCombs academic community.
Combining classrooms and gathering spaces that flexibly support traditional and progressive teaching methods, the building serves McCombs’ network of overlapping communities: students from all programs, faculty, staff and visitors, including alumni, recruiters, interdisciplinary collaborators and business leaders.
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In 2014, Ennead and Jacobs created a companion iPad app for Robert B. Rowling Hall, available for free download from iTunes. With the app, users can scroll through design renderings, view floor-by-floor information, explore a panorama of the existing site, track the progress of construction, learn about the school and contact the development team at McCombs.
- Austin, TX
- 497,500 GSF
- MBA Graduate Program Administration, Career Services, Research Centers, Graduate Classrooms, Graduate Student Study Areas, an Expansion of the AT&T Executive Education Conference Center, Banquet Space, Parking Garage
- LEED Silver
- Ennead Design Team
- Todd Schliemann, Kevin McClurkan, Alex O'Briant, Emily Kirkland, Amina Blacksher, Margarita Calero, Edward Christian, Aleks Dawson, Hiroko Nakatani, Jörg Kiesow, Charmian Place, Tatsuya Sakairi, Melanie Weismiller, Joanna Williams, Ann Wright
- Jeff Goldberg/Esto
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