Putting Science on Display

Harned Hall

University of Puget Sound

The design redirects circulation to encourage interaction among faculty and students and uses the building’s components to make the exploration of science a visible, vital activity on campus.


173,000 SF; 122,000 (renovation); 51,000 (addition)


Tacoma, WA

Year Complete


2007 Honor Award — IIDA Portland Design Awards

2007 Honor Award — AIA Portland Architecture Awards

Harned Hall, an expansion of the historic Thompson Hall, is a showcase for the sciences and a magnet for student activity on campus. Serving the departments of biology, environmental studies, mathematics/computer science, chemistry, physics, and geology, Harned Hall was designed to inspire interaction among faculty and students. The new addition complements the 3-winged historic complex, with an exterior designed in close cooperation with both university administration and the neighboring community. It encloses a large courtyard containing an iconic crystalline volume housing the café.