Saieh Hall for Economics

The University has reimagined and renovated the former Chicago Theological Seminary at 5757 South University Avenue as the new home of the Becker Friedman Institute and the Griffin Department of Economics. The Saieh Hall for Economics will be a destination for economics scholars worldwide. Architect Ann Beha has preserved the character of the 1920s building while adapting it for current and future academic purposes. These include the following areas:

  • A sky-lit lecture hall providing much-needed classroom space
  • Classroom and seminar spaces that combine the latest technology with vaulted stone ceilings and stained glass
  • Graduate student work lofts with individual workspaces and conference rooms for group work and debate
  • Undergraduate program offices and gathering spaces around the beautifully tiled cloisters
  • Faculty and visiting researcher office, conference, and meeting space
  • The graduate student commons, a focal point for presentations, lectures, and special events from across campus

A new research pavilion, set to open in 2015, adds more faculty offices, laboratories, and other essential resources. These include computation support for the analysis of vast data sources and the broad economic modeling required for advanced economic research. Special vestibules will connect to existing, adjacent houses on Woodlawn Avenue that will serve as economics research centers.

Your support of the Saieh Hall for Economics creates a close-knit community of scholars committed to the culture, future, and impact of Chicago economics.