University of Oxford Announces Transformational Investment in the Humanities

The University of Oxford has announced a “transformational investment” to support the way the oldest university in the English-speaking world will teach and research the humanities. The endeavour will also help the university engage in the ethics of artificial intelligence and advanced computing technologies.

Conceived to encourage experiential learning and bold experimentation through cross-disciplinary study, The Schwarzman Centre will offer a range of new academic facilities and amenities including a new library, a 500-seat concert hall, a 250-seat auditorium, and flexible performance and exhibition spaces. The centre is made possible by a £150 million landmark gift from Mr. Stephen A. Schwarzman, philanthropist and Chairman, CEO and Co-founder of Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative investment firm.

NBBJ has worked with the University of Oxford since 2016 on the pre-feasibility stages of the proposed state-of-the-art facility at the heart of the city’s historic Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.