Howard S. and Alida S. Charney Hall of Law

SCB won Santa Clara University's first ever design competition for the Howard S. and Alida S. Charney Hall of Law. The new 96,000 SF building will consolidate the Law School’s presence on campus from three buildings to one, which will serve 800 students and house the School’s numerous academic law programs, including intellectual property, international, public interest and social justice, and privacy.


Santa Clara University


Santa Clara, CA


Architecture /
Campus Environments /
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As the oldest continuously operating institution of higher education in California, Santa Clara University’s campus identity is drawn from its mission style architecture. In keeping with the technical kinds of law studied at Santa Clara, SCB’s design offers a contemporary response to the traditional campus core, offering a modern take on the mission style. The design team worked to develop a building that reflects the Jesuit University’s educational ideals of social justice; whole-person, transformational education; and innovation in the service of humanity. Through a focus on transparency, openness, and access, SCB’s design for Charney Hall fosters an environment of collaboration, discourse, and inclusion.