Texas Christian University, Rees Jones Hall

Lead DesignerKen Wiseman
ClientKen Wiseman
Prize(s)Honorable Mention
Entry Description

As the challenges our society faces become more
complex, academic institutions are recognizing the power
driving the cross-pollination of creative fields like
computer science, math, design, engineering – all
focused on accelerating discovery through problem-
based, multi-disciplinary learning that address 21st
century challenges.

Texas Christian University (TCU) is focused on this type of
innovation center with the introduction of Rees Jones
Hall, an incubator facility designed to maximize social and
intellectual connectivity. The building houses the TCU
IdeaFactory, a unity of the College of Science &
Engineering, where students can develop ideas, advances
prototypes, conduct market analysis and test. Rees Jones
Hall surrounds the IdeaFactory with diverse programs
including its Institute of Child Development and the TCU
Energy Institute, organizing them around a central atrium
to create a “vertical street” of interactive public space.
This street helps the building facilitate creative,
intellectual, “collisions” to encourage student/faculty
collaboration across multiple fields.