The Chao Center Dedication: Celebration of a Pivotal Building for HBS

Yesterday marked the official dedication for Harvard Business School’s new Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Executive Education Center, designed by Goody Clancy to create an important new center of gravity on the HBS campus. At yesterday’s ceremony, a distinguished panel of speakers including Harvard University President Drew Faust, HBS Dean Nitin Nohria, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Edward Markey, and Elaine Chao (daughter of the building’s namesake) praised the Chao Center as a representation of the trailblazing spirit which characterizes the Chao family and Harvard Business School alike. Ceremony speaker Senator Edward Markey described the Chao Center as a place that “will be a vibrant hub of learning and connectivity across cultures.” We work in partnership with many higher education clients, and are moved by the story of the remarkable Chao family and their belief in the power of education to transform lives.

An emblem of progress, the Chao Center embodies and programmatically supports the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit of the leaders who will study there. The Chao Center features four stories of flexible classroom and office space, a central terraced gathering stair, cutting-edge dining facilities, and an abundance of reception and collaboration space. The Chao Center is the first building on the HBS campus named for a woman, and the first building at Harvard named after an Asian-American. The design team (pictured below) is honored to have completed such a pivotal project bearing the Chao name, on one of our nation’s most influential campuses.