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Architect Selected for Kellogg Building

Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects engaged to design new global hub

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October 6, 2011

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The architect for a new building for Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management has been selected, University and Kellogg officials announced today. Kellogg’s new global hub on the Evanston lakefront will be designed by the highly regarded firm Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects. The design process will begin immediately for the building, which will create a dynamic, state-of-the-art presence for Kellogg on Northwestern’s Evanston, Ill., campus.

The new building will be located adjacent to Kellogg’s Allen Center, which is used for executive education and executive MBA classes. It will include classrooms, community gathering spaces, flexible learning environments, and faculty and administrative offices.

“KPMB was the unanimous choice for this project,” said Kellogg Dean Sally Blount. “I’m confident the firm will help us build a one-of-a-kind global hub that transforms our community and represents the power of the Kellogg brand in the 21st century.”

KPMB’s selection is the culmination of a six-month-long architect competition, which evaluated the proposals of nearly 20 firms. The pool was ultimately narrowed down to five finalist firms. “In the end, KPMB was chosen due to its creativity, track record and innovative approach,” said Gordon Segal, who chairs the Northwestern University Board of Trustees’ Educational Properties Committee.

Added Northwestern President Morton Schapiro: “The Kellogg building will no doubt be another gem on the Northwestern University campus — a destination for business and civic leaders from around the world.”

In a joint statement, firm partners Bruce Kuwabara and Marianne McKenna said, “KPMB is honored to be part of the Northwestern University and Kellogg School of Management team to create a unique design that responds to the extraordinary lakefront site and embodies the future of Kellogg: fluid, connected, collaborative, edgy, welcoming, flexible and global.”

(Media inquiries should be directed to Megan Washburn, director of Media Relations, Kellogg Marketing and Communications, m-washburn@northwestern.edu, and Alan Cubbage, vice president for University Relations, a-cubbage@northwestern.edu.)

About the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is a premier institution for management education, with a global community that believes business can be bravely led, passionately collaborative and world changing. Founded in 1908 and based just outside of Chicago, Kellogg is home to a renowned, research-based faculty and MBA students from around the world. The Kellogg School’s academic portfolio includes the Full-Time, Part-Time and Executive MBA Programs, the Ph.D. Program and the non-degree Executive Education Program. The school offers two joint-degree programs: the JD-MBA and the MMM (MBA-MEM). Additionally, the Kellogg School offers an Executive MBA Program in Miami and has alliances with business schools in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Canada. To learn more, visit www.kellogg.northwestern.edu.

About Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects

KPMB is one of North America’s premier architecture studios. Founded in 1987 by Bruce Kuwabara, Thomas Payne, Marianne McKenna and Shirley Blumberg, KPMB has formed an alternative model to either the sole practitioner or the large corporate firm and is, instead, based on intensive, collaborative, integrated team work. The office and its portfolio of work have grown in terms of diversity and quality, enabling it to attract exceptional clients across North America and Europe. Currently, KPMB is creating architecture for Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Art Gallery of Saskatchewan and the University of Toronto. KPMB has been recognized with more than 100 awards for design excellence from the American Institute of Architects, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Urban Lands Institute and the Chicago Athenaeum, among others.