The new Design and Innovation Building will serve as a campus hub for multidisciplinary instruction and research in design, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The 70,000 square foot instructional space is shared across University departments, the building will provide dedicated workspaces for design and research projects supported by faculty and graduate student offices, collaborative open work areas, and a range of meeting rooms. A suite of prototyping labs and fabrication shops support both instruction and research, allowing projects to be tested while fostering a culture of making.
Located directly adjacent to the new Pepper Canyon Light Rail Transit Station and a planned outdoor amphitheater, the building will contain a large event venue and a tenant space for a ground floor destination restaurant. As such, it will function as a gateway to the campus for those arriving by rail and a focal point for visitors. The project strives to promote partnerships with private companies to foster entrepreneurial innovation.
The architectural expression of the new building will provide an important first impression of the campus, reflecting the tradition of forward-thinking architecture at UCSD while highlighting the unique and dynamic work within.