The 225,000-square-foot Edward P. Evans Hall, the home of the Yale School of Management, opened in January 2014. The building is situated at the northern end of the Yale University campus at 165 Whitney Avenue. With its striking modern design, glass façade, and large courtyard, Evans Hall has taken its place among the architectural landmarks that distinguish the Yale campus.
Architecture + Design
Edward P. Evans Hall was designed by Foster + Partners, 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 original Yale SOM facility, 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. 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.
Yale + The World
Yale SOM is a gateway to the world and is leading the way in cultivating a broader understanding of global connections, in part through founding the Global Network for Advanced Management. Students and faculty regularly utilize the communications technology in Evans Hall to convene discussions with other Network schools and to work with global teams.
Architects + Advisors
Design Architect: Foster + Partners
Architect of Record: Gruzen Samton LLP
Construction Manager: Dimeo Construction Co.
Structural, MEP, FP Engineer: Buro Happold
Landscape Architect: Olin Partnership, Ltd.
Civil Engineer: URS Partnership, Ltd.
Lighting Design: Claude Engle
Audio Visual Consultant: HB Communications
Vertical Transportation: VDA
Food Service Consultant: Ricca Newmark Design