UC Berkeley Campbell Hall

2014 | Berkeley, CA

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  • View from Hearst Mining CirclePhoto: Michael O'Callahan
  • North West ViewPhoto: Michael O'Callahan
  • Observation DeckPhoto: Michael O'Callahan
  • View out to Observation DeckPhoto: Michael O'Callahan
  • Cosmology Commons
  • Photo: Michael O'Callahan
  • ClassroomPhoto: Michael O'Callahan
“New Nobel prizes will be won because of this building.”
- Mark Richards, UC Berkeley professor of Earth and Planetary Science

The new astronomy and physics building, along with neighbors Birge Hall and LeConte Hall, creates a new integrative physical sciences complex to facilitate close interaction between students and faculty within the University’s growing interdisciplinary science programs.

Campbell Hall bridges the gap between astronomers and physicists; a new open-air bridge to LeConte Hall and the physics department cements that connection.

Along with modern classrooms and research labs, the building houses a new third-floor Cosmology Commons – part of the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics in LeConte Hall, which was previously renovated by STUDIOS. The new building houses laboratories, instructional spaces, academic and administrative offices, support spaces, a low-vibration physics research laboratory, and a rooftop observatory.

Campbell Hall sits facing arguably UC Berkeley’s most significant historical plaza, which consists of Hearst Mining Circle and opposite, the historical Hearst Memorial Mining Building, and Old LeConte Hall (recently renovated by STUDIOS). The design lexicon for the new Campbell Hall is at once respectful of the existing neighboring historic structures and also conscious of the university’s mission for student-faculty interaction and sustainable design.


  • 2015

    Energy Efficiency Partnership Program Best Practices Award for Overall Sustainable Design

  • 2015

    Gold Nugget Merrit Award