NU names architect for new b-school building

Northwestern University today announced the selection of an architect for a new building for the  Kellogg School of Management.

Kellogg’s new headquarters on the Evanston lakefront will be designed by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects.

The design process will begin immediately for the building which is meant to provide a dynamic, state-of-the-art presence for Kellogg on the Evanston campus.

The new building will be located adjacent to Kellogg’s Allen Center, which is used for executive education and executive MBA classes. It will include classrooms, community gathering spaces, flexible learning environments, and faculty and administrative offices.

“KPMB was the unanimous choice for this project,” said Kellogg Dean Sally Blount. “I’m confident the firm will help us build a one-of-a-kind global hub that transforms our community and represents the power of the Kellogg brand in the 21st century.”

The selection of Toronto-based KPMB is the culmination of a six-month-long architect competition, which evaluated the proposals of nearly 20 firms. The pool was ultimately narrowed down to five finalist firms. “In the end, KPMB was chosen due to its creativity, track record and innovative approach,” said Gordon Segal, who chairs the Northwestern University Board of Trustees’ Educational Properties Committee.

Added Northwestern President Morton Schapiro: “The Kellogg building will no doubt be another gem on the Northwestern University campus — a destination for business and civic leaders from around the world.”

In a joint statement, firm partners Bruce Kuwabara and Marianne McKenna said, “KPMB is honored to be part of the Northwestern University and Kellogg School of Management team to create a unique design that responds to the extraordinary lakefront site and embodies the future of Kellogg: fluid, connected, collaborative, edgy, welcoming, flexible and global.”

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