About the Architecture
The Baker Institute for Public Policy is housed within Baker Hall on Rice University’s campus. The building’s architecture and design are influenced by its mission of serving as a meeting place for statesmen, scholars and students, as well as a bridge between the worlds of ideas and action.
Located on the west quadrangle of the Rice campus, James A. Baker III Hall was completed in 1997. It anchors the southeast corner of the quad and bounds the southern edge of Jamail Plaza, which is reminiscent of the one that once graced the front of Lovett Hall.
To the north of Baker Hall, immediately across the plaza, with its dramatic fountain, is the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, housed in McNair Hall and completed in 2002. Immediately underneath the Jones School is the Central Campus Garage, which provides 487 parking spaces in two underground levels and offers convenient parking to guests and staff members.
Adjoining Baker Hall to the west is Alice Pratt Brown Hall, completed in 1991, which houses the Shepherd School of Music. Standing adjacent to the Shepherd School is the James Turrell Skyspace titled “Twilight Epiphany.” Constructed of grass, concrete, stone and composite steel, the pyramid-like structure space is acoustically equipped for musical performances as well as a laboratory for music school students.
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