Business schools in Europe are experiencing increased interest from MBA applicants on the continent, and they're expanding their footprints with gleaming, high-tech facilities. New or renovated buildings help recruit faculty and students, says Jeff Ziebarth, who runs the higher-education practice at architecture firm Perkins + Will: “It’s always about keeping up with the Joneses.”
The arms race to build the most stylish, sustainable, or otherwise memorable business school campus is particularly fierce in the U.K., where universities are planning new facilities in landmarks such as London’s tallest skyscraper and a century-old building in which Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both had weddings. HEC School of Management, in Paris and Skolkovo Moscow School of Management have also built new campuses in recent years. Ahead: the dazzling new buildings and extensions being built, or planned, by European schools.