MIT's Management and Humanities and Social Science schools announce architect for East Campus project

Cambridge, Mass., March 1, 2001--In a letter to students, staff and faculty, leaders of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (SHASS) announced that a team of architects has been selected for the Sloan/SHASS East Campus Project. This project will bring Sloan more closely together and provide needed additional facilities, while keeping Sloan closely tied with the Department of Economics. It will also give SHASS the opportunity to unify many of its dispersed departments and centers, explained Richard Schmalensee, John C Head III Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management; along with Philip Khoury, Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; and Olivier Blanchard, Department Head of Economics.

The architects retained by MIT are Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners of Santa Monica, CA in association with Sasaki Associates of Watertown, MA. Both firms are noted as respected leaders in planning and design for college and university campuses. Moore Ruble Yudell has designed numerous award winning civic and institutional projects including the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley. Sasaki has worked with over 200 colleges and universities. They are currently serving as executive architect for MIT's new Central Athletic Facility and are expanding and renovating Technology Square. Moore Ruble Yudell will provide full design services and Sasaki will manage the project as the executive architects.

“We're really pleased to have these two top firms on board,” said Schmalensee, Khoury and Blanchard in the letter.

“As we undertake this project, we have several goals. These new and rejuvenated facilities for Sloan and SHASS should promote interaction and community among faculty, students, and staff and bring together Sloan and SHASS's dispersed functions and services. The facilities should be flexible and accommodate current and future needs and provide Sloan with a cutting-edge business school environment while reinforcing its close connection to MIT.”

The master planning phase will begin soon and will continue for six to eight months. This phase will include refining Sloan and SHASS's needs, conducting a site analysis, and selecting a site. The design phase will follow.

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