A STATE-of-the-art new university building has taken a step towards becoming a reality.

Oxford University has appointed Hopkins Architects to design the planned Stephen A Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.

The building will give Oxford’s humanities a new home with state-of-the-art academic, exhibition and performance spaces, a dedicated hub for engagement with schools, a new Institute for Ethics in AI, a new Humanities Library, and much-needed space for Humanities graduate students and researchers.

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The Centre, which was made possible by a landmark £150 million gift from philanthropist and businessman Stephen A Schwarzman, will be situated on the University’s Radcliffe Observatory Quarter site, near the Woodstock Road.

Hopkins Architects’ previous designs include Harvard University’s Smith Campus Centre, Yale University’s Kroon Hall, Princeton University’s Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Glyndebourne Opera House, and the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome.

Subject to planning permission, it is hoped that the building will open in the academic year 2024/25.