University of Chicago Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

The Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago is an innovative research incubator and institute intended to expand the boundaries of humanistic inquiry by transcending single disciplines. Set within the walls of the historic, former Meadville Theological Seminary building purchased by the University in 2011, it is a destination for visiting scholars and the wider public. We have provided a range of physical spaces that encourage and enhance collaborative research and transform a historic place into an inspiring home for twenty-first-century thinking. We have retained rooms and fragments of old paneling to provide an informal convivial atmosphere, and created modern individual and group workspaces in which transparency is essential to inviting collaboration. The contrasting elements and variety of settings are meant to welcome a variety of work styles and functional needs. The new entrance provides accessibility to the varying levels of the plan and sets the tone for the building, joining historic and new elements. Presentation and exhibition spaces on the first floor invite the public, while private glass-enclosed research spaces, collaborative workshops, and video-enhanced conference rooms are located on upper floors.

Architect of Record

Kliment Halsband Architects

Associate Architect

McGuire Igleski & Associates


University of Chicago

General Contractor

Berglund Construction


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