Lord Foster opens Yale University building he designed

The new Foster + Partners-designed Edward P Evans Hall at Yale University’s School of Management in New Haven, Connecticut, USA has opened its doors to students.

It consists of 16 classrooms, a 350-seat auditorium, breakout rooms, a gym and a library all sited around a landscaped central square.

Foster + Partners beat Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Diller Scofidio and Renfro and David Chipperfield Architects to the project back in 2007.

A former Yale School of Architecture student, Foster gave a speech at the official opening of the hall last week.

Referring to the faculty’s Louis Khan Art Gallery and its Paul Rudolph Hall, Foster said: “As a former student, it is a very special honour to design a building for Yale’s campus, to stand alongside architecture by such luminaries as Paul Rudolph and Louis Kahn.

“Learning is not only about the classroom – it is about the social spaces, grounds, cafes and the relationships that are formed.

“The people that I was exposed to at Yale, and the collegiate style of working that I found there, have influenced the way that I have built my own practice – our London studios, like those at Yale during term time, are open twenty four hours, seven days a week.

“This philosophy of hard work and collaboration – both fundamental to leadership – has informed the design of the Edward P. Evans Hall. I hope that it will provide an uplifting place to study, which can inspire future generations of business leaders.”