The New York office of international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman  has been commissioned by the Indian School of Business for a 70-acre, 1.5 million-sf new business school campus as part of a 300-acre “Knowledge City” in Chandigarh, Mohali, India. The sustainable campus will accommodate four centers of excellence: healthcare management, public policy, manufacturing/ operations, and physical infrastructure management. Facilities will comprise an academic classroom, library, student and faculty housing, recreation and common facilities. Construction is expected to be complete in 2012.
“We are so proud to be a part of the future and growth of the Indian School of Business. In 2008, ISB ranked the ‘20th best business school’ in the world by the Financial Times, last year it ranked 15th.” says Principal in Charge Aaron B. Schwarz, FAIA. Furthering,” This project will respond to the unique cultural, climatic, economic, and construction aspects of the region and its design image will match its brand image of having teaching world class teaching reputation.”
Located on the edge of the rapidly developing Chandigarh metropolitan area, Perkins Eastman envisions a campus that could exist as a largely self-contained complex, opening as the surrounding development and infrastructure are implemented. The individual spaces within the academic complex will reflect the latest in thinking in how space supports pedagogy, typified by active support of social interaction and collaborative project-based learning. Says Schwarz of the opportunity, “It is humbling to have the opportunity to design a complex of buildings just a few miles away from Le Corbusier’s amazing legacy of 20th century buildings.”
About Perkins Eastman
Perkins Eastman is among the top architecture and design firms in the world. The firm prides itself on inventive and compassionate design that enhances the quality of the human experience. Because of its depth and range, Perkins Eastman takes on assignments from niche buildings to complex projects that enrich whole communities. The firm’s practice areas include education, housing, healthcare, senior living, corporate interiors, cultural institutions, public sector facilities, retail, office buildings, and urban design. Perkins Eastman provides award-winning design through its domestic offices in New York City; Boston; Arlington, Va.; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Oakland, Calif.; Pittsburgh; and Stamford, Conn.; and internationally in Dubai, UAE; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Mumbai, India; Shanghai, China; and Toronto.