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Renovation and New Building

Modern research, learning, and work spaces are critical to the Graduate School of Education’s vision for the future.

This dynamic new campus gathers faculty, students, and staff into a central location and provides an interdisciplinary hub at the heart of the Stanford campus. It will also house the Stanford Accelerator for Learning, designed to bring scholars from across the university together with partners in the field to co-create solutions in learning.


A new home for the GSE

The GSE project renovates two historic buildings—the existing education building and the Barnum Center—and creates a new building adjacent to Barnum.
These buildings will house a combined 150,000 square feet of research, teaching, convening, and community spaces. A 13,500 square foot courtyard with a garden and outdoor classroom will connect the three buildings.

Site plan of new Building
Headshot of Dan Schwartz
“Our design objective is to enable social interactions that advance the goal of improving lives through learning. These buildings will serve as a strategic and centralized resource for the entire university to engage in transforming learning.”

– Dan Schwartz, I. James Quillen Dean of the Graduate School of Education


At the center of campus

The GSE’s new expanded home sits at the center of the historic campus, adjacent to Main Quad and Green Library. It balances this historic context with newer green spaces—the parklike atmosphere of Meyer Green and the Stanford Town Center project, which re-imagines White Plaza as the central point of social connection for the university.


Project timeline

After years of planning, the GSE broke ground in March of 2023, and work is expected to be completed in 2025. To learn more about the project in process—and get a glimpse behind the construction fence—visit our updates page.

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