Changing Landscapes: Three Much-Anticipated Buildings on Campus


In keeping with the past few years, the University of Iowa campus remains in a constant state of architectural change. Soon, the UI will add three beautifully constructed new buildings to its list of improved learning environments for students and faculty.

Here’s a look at what is happening in the sciences, pharmacy, and arts.


PBS BuildingPsychological and Brain Sciences

“We will be positioned to better prepare students for what modern psychology is all about,” says Mark Blumberg, department chair and F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences. “The new building will collect our faculty in one place and have state-of-the-art classrooms and cutting-edge labs, and—for the first time in anyone’s memory—will provide commons space for our students. Not only will we be able to maintain the strength of our department, we’ll also be poised to participate fully in the university’s investment in neuroscience.”

museum of artStanley Museum of Art

“When future generations visit the new museum and see uplifting art from every corner of the world, they also will be witnessing the philanthropic impact of thousands of model citizens who identify with this great heartland university,” says James Leach, UI chair in public affairs and visiting professor in the College of Law, speaking to UIMA Magazine at the time as the museum’s interim director. “Standing out is the Stanley family of Muscatine which has committed a $10 million lead gift. Richard (Dick) and Mary Jo Stanley have followed the tradition of Dick’s parents Max and Elizabeth (Betty) Stanley in combining entrepreneurial leadership with philanthropic thoughtfulness.”

pharmacy buildingCollege of Pharmacy

“A student is going to be able to look
at the new building and say this is a wonderful facility in which to learn,” says Jay Dean Currie, department chair of pharmacy practice and
science in the College of Pharmacy. “Additional teaching spaces that simulate practice areas will allow us to teach our students and give them more repetitions in an environment much closer to where they will practice. The new building will give us teaching spaces that allow us to fully implement our active learning strategy to help our students learn
the material.”


Stanley Museum of Art and Psychological and Brain Sciences building renderings courtesy of BNIM Architecture; Stanley College of Pharmacy building rendering courtesy of OPN Architects