David Rubenstein Forum

LERA is the structural engineer for this new center of intellectual exchange, scholarly collaboration and special events, consisting of a 2-story base and a 10-story tower of stacked “neighborhoods” composed of a zinc-and-glass exterior. A 285-seat auditorium sits above the base.

The Ground Floor contains a restaurant and a large multipurpose space capable of accommodating groups of up to 600 people. The Top Floor of the tower also features a flat-floor multipurpose space accommodating up to 75 people, and offers stunning views of the campus, the Midway Plaisance, the city skyline and Lake Michigan.



Chicago, IL



University of Chicago



Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Design Architect

Brininstool + Lynch (Associate Architect)


Award of Excellence – Buildings Category, 2021 Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) Project Awards


Brett Beyer