Brandeis University

Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Irving Schneider and Family Building

Location: Waltham, MA
Client: Brandeis University
Architect: Kyu Sung Woo

Project Description:

The Schneider Building has added 34,000 square feet of programmatic space for the Heller School. This includes case study rooms, classrooms, break out rooms, offices, and the Zinner Forum, a three-story central space that provides a prime venue for lectures, presentations and events.  Offices have been designed to expand and contract allowing research groups to expand or contract as needs change.  The Forum also includes a cafe, and several levels have grouped lounge seating.

The Schneider Building incorporates sophisticated multimedia technologies in the teaching and learning spaces, provides ubiquitous access to the wireless network, and has been designed with a focus on sustainable design, accessibility for all users, and appropriate technology in support of teaching, learning and research at the Heller School.


  • Architectural Design Support
  • System Design
  • Sustainable Design


  • Structured Cabling
  • Audiovisual Presentation
  • Video Distribution
  • Videoconferencing
  • Energy Efficient Technologies


  • Open space encourages faculty and student interaction and accommodates guest speakers and meetings
  • Brought all the faculty back into one facility and enhanced communication