Architecture + Design
Edward P. Evans Hall was designed by Foster + Partners, Design Architect with Gruzen Samton, Architect of Record. Foster + Partners is the prominent firm chaired by Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Lord Norman Foster ARCH ’62. The materials required for the new Yale SOM campus’s construction give a sense of the project’s scope and ambition: 4 million pounds of steel, 16.2 million pounds of concrete, 2.25 million pounds of glass for the exterior façade, 123 miles of copper wire, and 500 doors. It incorporates the latest in “green construction” materials and practices, and the 4.25-acre plot is sustainably landscaped.
Edward P. Evans Hall houses state-of-the-art classrooms, faculty offices, academic centers, and student and meeting spaces organized around an enclosed courtyard. The design is intended to create a teaching and learning environment that will support the school’s innovative integrated MBA curriculum and enhance the Yale SOM community.
Courtyard + Other Key Spaces
At the center of Edward P. Evans Hall is an enclosed courtyard, which acts as the heart of the school, providing outdoor space to study and socialize. The courtyard, glass façade, and open layout allows people to see from one area to another across the campus, creating a unifying effect, a sense that activities throughout the building are interconnected. The expansive courtyard also links Evans Hall architecturally to other Yale buildings built around courtyards, such as the Sterling Law Building and the residential colleges. Other key features include the 350-seat Zhang Auditorium, the Ross Library, a dining commons and coffee shop, 16 state-of-the-art classrooms, a student gym, and the Beinecke Terrace Room, a lecture hall/entertainment space with an outdoor terrace providing views of landscaped gardens in the rear of the campus.
The design of Evans Hall is directly inspired by the need for a teaching and learning environment to support the school’s integrated MBA curriculum. The campus features 16 classrooms of varying layouts and sizes, developed after an extensive study of the distinctive Yale learning experience. Breakout rooms, lounges, the library, and other common spaces—as well as faculty offices—are positioned to maximize interchange and collaboration, hallmarks of the school’s integrated approach to MBA education.
Community + YALE
While the new campus is a dramatic departure from the current Yale SOM premises, the new design incorporates key qualities that have fostered a strong community at the school for three decades. For instance, lounge space has been placed outside classrooms and near staircases, so that students and faculty will have the opportunity to encounter each other in the course of moving to classes or meetings, allowing for the kind of spontaneous interactions that previously occured in the Hall of Mirrors. Sitting at the northern end of the university campus, Evans Hall serves as a gateway to Yale, signaling the important role the School of Management plays in the broader university. Throughout the development process, Yale University has striven to be mindful of preserving links to the architectural history of both Yale and New Haven while building for the future of the School of Management.