Harvard Business School, Tata Hall

Award of Merit

This add-on to the Harvard Business School sits near the edge of the Charles River and extends the premier institution's reach toward Boston.


Sited on the banks of the Charles River, Tata Hall at Harvard Business School creates a porous edge to the campus and a new sense of openness between the school and the city of Boston. Dedicated to the Executive Education program, the building groups students into clusters of eight-person suites, each with a common space for work, collaboration and presentations.

Jury comments

The building responds beautifully to the river in all directions and defines outdoor space on the river’s edge and the internal campus. This is a contemporary take on Aalto’s Baker House and provides a thoughtful solution to a cohort model of executive education programs. The sophistication of the detailing and performance of the exterior skin allows the transparency of the ground floors to expose the public parts of the building.

Additional information

Construction Manager: Bond

Landscape Architect: Reed Hildebrand Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer: Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

Structural Engineer: Lemessurier Consultants

MEP/FP/Telecom/Security Engineer: AKF Group Engineering

Geotechnical Engineer: Haley & Aldrich

Code Consultant: Sullivan Code Group

Lighting Consultant: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

Specifications Writer: Kalin Associates

Sustainable Design Consultant: Atelier 10

Food Service: Hopkins Food Service Specialists, Inc.

Photographer: Robert Benson Photography; Bruce T. Martin; Anton Grassl


2016 Education Facility Design Awards Jury

Karina Ruiz, AIA (Chair), DOWA-IBI Group Architects

Helena L. Jubany, FAIA, NAC/Architecture

Steve Ziger, AIA, Ziger/Snead Architects

Cristina C. Alvarez, Ed.D, Delaware Design Lab High School

Bruce Lindsey, Washington University in St. Louis

Zachary Neubauer, University of Portland

Image credits

Harvard Business School, Tata Hall

Robert Benson Photography

Harvard Business School, Tata Hall

Robert Benson Photography

Harvard Business School, Tata Hall

William Rawn Associates; Bruce Martin

Harvard Business School, Tata Hall

Robert Benson Photograph; William Rawn Architects