Intelligent Workplace

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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“The IW is a wonderful place to work, with daylight throughout, fresh air on demand, spectacular views over the campus, and the ability to adapt spaces and technologies as needed.”
Vivian Loftness, FAIA, Professor at Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture



The Intelligent Workplace at the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics is a long-term demonstration, research, and teaching project for the Advanced Building Systems Consortium. The project’s design is the result of a collaboration with Swiss architect Pierre Zoelly and the research staff at the Center. The structure, a rooftop extension of Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall, enables demonstrations of innovations in building enclosure, interior, HVAC, and telecommunication systems.

By breaking the massing of the structure into a series of modular bays, the roof form both maximizes solar performance and creates a scale sympathetic with the rhythms of the terra-cotta façade below. The interior is planned as a village that encourages interaction while retaining areas for greater individual privacy. Users are served by a highly integrated building system chassis which is flexibly designed for future investigation and research.

As a lived-in office, research, and educational environment, the Intelligent Workplace provides a test bed for assessing the performance of new processes and products.

Project Data

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1992 – 1994
Carnegie Mellon University
7,000 sf


Merit Awards, I.D.E.A.S Competition
Merit Award for Design
Design Award, Business Week
National Honor Award
Honor Award
Honor Award