Architect appointed for new Humanities building

Architect appointed for new Humanities building


We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Hopkins Architects to design the Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.

Their previous designs include Harvard University’s Smith Campus Centre, Yale University’s Kroon Hall, Princeton University’s Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Glyndebourne Opera House and the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome.

Professor Karen O’Brien, Head of Humanities, said: "We were impressed by Hopkins’ track record in creating world-class arts and educational institutions, designing beautiful buildings in sensitive historic settings, and their commitment to creating environmentally sustainable buildings.

"In the coming months, their architects will meet regularly with our students and staff to develop an initial design for the building. Later in the year, we will present that design to the public and seek their feedback before Oxford City Council considers our planning proposal.

"Our aim is to create a building which becomes a treasured resource for the whole of Oxford, where anyone can come to enjoy high-quality performances, exhibitions and lectures. We are committed to making this Centre, and the landscaped spaces around it, accessible and welcoming to all. People can interact with the Schwarzman Centre long before the building is completed - we have already started a programme of cultural events which will include a month-long series of activities on the site of the future building in April and May."

You can read more about the appointment on the University website or in the Architects' Journal.