Humanities and Social Sciences Building, University of California+ expand detail
Riverside, California, USA
107,000 square feet / 10,000 square meters
The Humanities and Social Sciences Building marks the west end of the UC Riverside campus. Adjacent to the Carillon Mall and the Fine Arts Mall, the building creates a new courtyard at the junction of these important campus spaces. Open colonnades link and weave the building into the campus network of open spaces and pedestrian paths.
The Humanities and Social Sciences Building is composed of four parallel three-story wings, two transverse two-story wings and a square seven-story tower. These wings create three exterior spaces: a courtyard that connects the Fine Arts Mall and the Barn, one of the original campus buildings; an open-end court that faces Sproul Hall; and a small enclosed court within the east transverse wing. The seven-story tower, a landmark along Interstate 215, creates a focal point at the south end of the Fine Arts Mall.
The building is home to five academic departments: Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, Hispanic Studies, English, History, and Philosophy. Instructional spaces for campus-wide use are grouped along open passages and courts, and the departments are organized in distinct wings, with upper floor offices for faculty and administration.
The building’s forms and materials reflect the climate and architectural traditions of Southern California, with sloping roofs that recall early 20th-century California bungalows, deeply shaded horizontal walls of stucco, and brick colonnades. The colonnade walls are finished with a multi-color pattern of ceramic tile with inscriptions selected by the faculty of each department.
In 1996, the project received a Vintage Award, co-sponsored by the AIA Inland California Chapter/American Planning Association California Chapter.