University of Illinois – Siebel Center for Design

Champaign, Illinois

Where Illinois students collaborate to solve the future’s grand challenges.

The Siebel Center for Design provides a new means of channeling students by creating an passion toward issues and lives of consequence. This new facility will help Illinois become famous as an incubator of outstanding young talent with a new and unusual collection of skills, fostered by a culture of multidisciplinary education and student-led problem discovery and problem solving.

The Siebel Center Experience:
Design-Thinking: Students master design thinking by acquiring skills like problem framing and research, analytical reasoning, ideation and conceptualization, prototyping and communication.
Collaboration: Although some projects may be individual, most involve collaboration in interdisciplinary teams. These skills are an important component of the experience within and outside the curriculum.
Autonomy: Students have access to resources for self-directed projects, volunteer initiatives, and other ventures. Independence in creating these opportunities and identifying the resources and skills they require is central to the students’ experiences.

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Project size:  70,925 SF
Client name:  University of Illinois
Architect:  Bohlin Cywinski Jackson