Stanford Selects Studio Gang to Design Doerr School of Sustainability

Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability future commons space, image courtesy Studio GangStanford Doerr School of Sustainability future commons space, image courtesy Studio Gang

Studio Gang has been selected to design the newest addition to the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, the Stanford Sustainability Commons next to Palo Alto, Santa Clara County. The firm is tasked with creating the interdisciplinary core for the school to research and tackle issues of climate change and sustainability across the world.

Jeanne Gang, founding principal and partner of the Chicago-based Studio Gang, said, “we are going to be working with Stanford to design a home for the Doerr School of Sustainability that can support the cross-disciplinary collaboration needed for generating climate solutions in all industries. At the same time, we are excited to model ways for the built environment to address this challenge head on.”

“The studio convinced us through our interview and workshop process that they weren’t just out to build a new piece of architecture, they were out to do a lot more,” said David Lenox, Stanford’s university architect and executive director of campus planning and design. “In addition to designing world-class facilities that support collaboration for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research and scholarship, Studio Gang will also focus on creating opportunities to proactively heal the environment, such as having places for bees to pollinate and for birds to land on their migratory routes.”

SCAPE will be responsible for the landscape architecture, with Atelier Ten as their sustainability consultant. The team emphasizes its ability to capitalize on the region’s warm climate by opening to the outdoors for connection, socializing, and education. “There needs to be a buzz that reflects the energy it’s going to take to solve the world’s problems – and buildings can do that,” Lenox said.

The property is located on the west side of Stanford’s massive campus, close to the Science and Engineering Quad. The project will replace the existing Mitchell Earth Sciences Building while connecting with the other spaces for the Doeer School, including the Green Earth Sciences Building, the Yang and Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building, the Braun Building, and the O’Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm.

Stanford University launched the Doerr School in September last year. Construction on their Sustainability Commons is expected to start by late 2026.

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