Rice University Patricia Lipoma Kraft and Jonathan A. Kraft Hall for Social Sciences

Rice University Patricia Lipoma Kraft and Jonathan A. Kraft Hall for Social Sciences

Rogers Partners was chosen to design the new 73,000 sqft School of Social Sciences that will accommodate Rice’s Economics and Sociology departments as well as four research institutes and centers: the Kinder Institute for Urban Research; the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC); the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance; and the Texas Policy Lab. The building will also house the Dean’s Suite and innovative classroom, collaboration, and event spaces for students, faculty, and esteemed visitors. Rice University officially broke ground on the new facility on 09/13/2018. 

 
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As the first building on a new formal axis of the expanding campus, the School of Social Sciences serves as a physical and intellectual hinge, creating a new policy corridor in concert with the Graduate School of Business and the Baker Institute for Public Policy.

The building will have an interior courtyard. The first floor will be open at the northeast end for entrance from the center of campus and at the southwest corner for an outside event and reception space. The building’s formal entrance will be at the west end of the courtyard. A large staircase will overlook the courtyard and act as an architectural feature.

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