CHASS Instruction and Research Facility, UC Riverside

The College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) plays an important role in helping shape the most significant outdoor spaces on the UCR campus.

This four story building consists of high-traffic classrooms on the lower floors and academic departments, interdisciplinary programs and faculty offices on the upper floors.

The building incorporates important principles of campus planning in its definition and connection of existing outdoor spaces. To the east stands the architecturally neutral Physical Education building with its large areas of brick and consolidated areas of fenestration; and to the west, the provocative presence of the Arts Building across the Fine Arts Mall. Together the existing and new create meaningfully deliberate, useful and pleasant interstitial spaces.

The proximity of the Arts Building has made it the most specific formative influence on the design. Oriented in a C shape towards the Arts Building, the new facility continues the gesture of the Arts building in plan, creating a portal for the campus entrance to the north and permitting views of the Box Springs Mountains.

Show Facts

3.7 acres within a 400-acre rural New-England-type campus


112,000 ft2 / 10,000 m2 gross area; instructional laboratories, research space, multimedia laboratory, archive, Center for Ideas and Society, faculty and administrative offices, classrooms


University of California, Riverside

PCF&P Services

Program verification, architecture, exterior envelope, interior design of public spaces


Designed for LEED certification

lead designer

Ian Bader

Site plan

Although the building formally responds to the Arts Building, it materially continues the light-colored brick theme prevalent on campus, establishing continuity with the existing context.
Project Credits

Executive Architect: Leo A. Daly, Los Angeles; Landscape: Burton & Company, Santa Monica, CA; Structural: Saiful/Bouquet Inc., Pasadena, CA; Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing: M-E Engineers, Inc., Los Angeles; Lighting: Horton Lees Brogden, Culver City, CA; Images: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, PCF&P, Tim Griffith