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.

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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.

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Europe's Shiny, New B-School Buildings

Introduction
Introduction

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.

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Executive MBAs in the Sky
Executive MBAs in the Sky

Warwick Business School is planning to open a campus on the 17th floor of London's tallest skyscraper, the Shard. The new space, expected to open in January 2015, will house the school’s executive MBA program. (Source: Financial Times)

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The Technicolor Campus
The Technicolor Campus

Novancia Business School completed the renovation of its 100-year-old Paris campus in 2011, covering the outer walls with glazed shutters to produce an eye-catching effect. (Source: Arch Daily)

Photograph by Georges Fessy; Courtesy AS.Architecture-Studio
An Emerging Market
An Emerging Market

The Skolkovo Moscow School of Management completed its flashy disk-shaped building in 2010. Next step: Persuading students that a Russian business school is the place to prepare for a future in emerging markets. (Source: Bloomberg Businessweek)

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A Palace in Versailles
A Palace in Versailles

In 2012, HEC School of Management, Paris opened a new MBA building on a 300-acre campus near Versailles. (Source: Economist)

Photograph by Jean-Marc Biais
Rock 'n' Roll Royalty
Rock 'n' Roll Royalty

London Business School is spending a reported £60 million ($99.9 million) to renovate Old Marylebone Town Hall, a 95-year-old building that hosted the weddings of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The building is expected to be ready for students in 2017. (Source: Financial Times)

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Award-Winning Building
Award-Winning Building

A new addition to the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School won honors from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2013 as one of the best new buildings of the year. (Source: Architecture.com)

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The Sustainability Angle
The Sustainability Angle

Manchester Metropolitan University says its new £75 million business school is one of the greenest buildings in the U.K. (Source: Manchester Metropolitan University)

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A Scandinavian Approach
A Scandinavian Approach

Copenhagen Business School converted an old raw-material storage building into this striking structure in 2010. (Source: Henning Larsen Architects)

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