University of Chicago / Department of Economics and Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics


This 150,500-square-foot, four-building complex establishes a new precinct for interdisciplinary economics research, teaching, conferences, and global outreach on the University of Chicago`s campus in the Hyde Park-Kenwood Historical District. The project includes the adaptive re-use of a former seminary to create a modern university setting, preserving historically significant spaces and repurposing them as unique academic resources. A new research pavilion connects to the seminary and two renovated historic houses, reclaiming a back lot as a new campus enclave. The landscape design transforms and pedestrianizes a city street, extending the campus quad and knitting Saieh Hall into the campus fabric. Saieh Hall has received planning and design awards at both local and national levels, including the Frank Lloyd Wright Award from AIA Illinois, an Honor Award from the Boston Society of Architects, Honor Awards for Excellence in Planning and Excellence in Architecture from the Society for College and University Planning, and a Design Award from AIA New England, and a Platinum Reconstruction Award from Building Design+Construction.

Renovation, 2011