Institute for Digital Innovation (IDIA) Center

, George Mason University

Arlington, VA

Exterior at dusk rendering

Fifteen thousand computer science and engineering graduates in two decades! That's what George Mason University committed to in support of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Tech Talent Investment Program.

Dedicated to creating the next generation of Northern Virginia's technology workforce, Mason's new Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA) will house graduate-level education and interdisciplinary research in a broad range of programs, including computing, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and cyber security, among others.

Transparency, openness, and connectivity drove the development of the proposed design intended to physically and visually welcome students, educators, entrepreneurs, industry partners, and the community.

Conceived as a series of vertical neighborhoods stacked throughout the structure, IDIA's design creates a "Main Street" or collaboration spine on each floor with a wide pathway that encourages spontaneous connections between Mason and industry partners. Cross-pollination zones also support a mixing bowl approach to programming — intentionally interweaving Mason programs with partners' spaces on every floor — encouraging connection and collaboration.

Each floor offers a loft-lab or deep lab block with column-free structural bays that meet educational and workplace needs by accommodating large classrooms, labs, and open and private offices. And a Specialty Lab core — located on multiple floors — offers a centralized resource of advanced research spaces.

Creating a marquee environment for Mason and industry partners, the IDIA boasts open spaces filled with daylight and access to outdoor areas at multiple levels. From the inside out and outside in, you'll discover dynamic learning, research, innovation space, bolstering Mason's efforts to recruit and retain the best and brightest.

Building Facts

  • 360,500 GSF New Construction + Underground Parking
  • 24 Specialty Lab Core Modules
  • Classrooms, Laboratories, Offices, Incubator Space, Event Spaces, Retail, Underground Parking
  • Targeting LEED Platinum

All of us at Mason are excited to be moving forward. Everything about this project is innovative. The Arlington campus will help transform the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor and establish it as the top tech-talent pipeline in the commonwealth.

Carol Dillon Kissal Mason’s senior vice president for administration and finance