Oxford Science Building

Emory University

Oxford, GA


Close collaboration with science faculty helped shape an experiential learning environment that supports hands-on discovery across disciplines. The new building’s prominent site on the Carriage Loop reflects Emory’s longstanding leadership in science education. An online app helps the building function as a teaching tool for the sustainable use of resources. 

The design organizes the building and the entry experience around the “Nucleus,” a dramatic and inviting “living room” that can accommodate impromptu meetings, poster sessions, and special events. Each floor of the facility features a collaborative research/investigation zone with space for instrumentation and support to enable faculty-student collaboration, as well as to support ongoing faculty research.

Building Facts

  • 55,000 GSF
  • 9 Teaching labs
  • 3 Cross-disciplinary research labs
  • Greenhouse
  • Outdoor classroom
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • LEED Gold certified

Never was there a building more thoughtfully planned to support hands-on, inquiry-driven undergraduate science education. The building is in itself an expression of the Oxford culture.

Stephen Bowen Professor of Biology & Dean Emeritus
Sun-filled stairway

Healthy by Design

To foster wellness in this vertical community, the design promotes taking the stairs. Stairways are positioned along expansive windows to admit daylight and views, while elevators are placed off to the side. By night, dramatic linear lighting draws occupants up and down.

Well-Being