University of Texas, Austin

Norman Hackerman Building

Location: Austin, TX
Client:  University of Texas, Austin
Architects:  CO Architects/Taniguchi Architects

Project Description:

The new University of Texas, Austin Norman Hackerman Building (NHB) provides space for an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to education, research and development for the College of Natural Sciences.  This includes Neuroscience, the Center for Learning and Memory, and Organic Chemistry Teaching and Research.  It is also home to inorganic chemistry teaching and research, as well as administrative offices for the School of Biological Sciences.

This building also houses facilities and equipment that provide core support for all research areas. The basement includes a high-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) facility, an electron microscopy imaging suite, an in vivo optical imaging space, and a functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) facility for brain imaging. Three additional NMR machines are located on the building’s fifth floor for more routine use. These core facilities provide support for several other research areas including pharmacy, psychology, biomedical engineering and other natural sciences.

The east end of the Hackerman building, with a glass façade, faces the campus’ main pedestrian thoroughfare. A conference space, a 150-seat seminar room and several informal gathering spaces are located here.  These informal spaces include seating and workstations to facilitate study and collaboration, and a student workroom and lounge provides added informal gathering space for students. The seminar room features advanced audio visual technology that can be easily adapted for future technology.

The Norman Hackerman Building fulfills the College of Natural Sciences’ new initiatives in curricular mission as well as academic goals for growth. The building also provides advanced infrastructure to serve both current and future programs with sophisticated and technologically advanced core facilities that will serve the larger campus research community.


  • System Design and Documentation
  • Implementation Oversight
  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Architectural/Engineering Design Support


  • Structured Cabling
  • Wireless Access
  • Technology Rooms
  • Audio and Video Presentation System Infrastructure
  • Classroom Presentation Infrastructure
  • Digital Signage Infrastructure


  • Project fosters the idea of interdisciplinary research
  • Informal spaces and advanced audio visual technology reinforce latest pedagogies
  • Building integrates programs, technologies and functions all under one roof.