You beauty – OGGB in world's top 50

19 November 2013
Owen G Glenn Building
The Owen G Glenn Building in Grafton Road, Auckland.

The Owen G Glenn Building has been ranked among the 50 most beautiful business schools in the world.

The building is listed at number 28 on alongside the world’s best, including Harvard Business School in Boston, Saïd Business School in Oxford and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology College of Business.

The article includes website links to architect firm Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and the University of Auckland Business School. It describes the OGGB as a “space age-looking building”.

It continues: “Its design is said to be a nod to the country’s Māori traditions, yet it also positions the complex within a global context. The interior… features seminar and teaching spaces, which rub shoulders with computer labs as well as other work and social spaces.”

The building was completed in 2007 and officially opened in 2008 under former University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor Dr John Hood and former Business School Dean Professor Barry Spicer.

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Owen Glenn was the building’s major donor, giving $7.5 million in what was believed to be the largest private donation in New Zealand educational history.

Professor Spicer says the latest ranking reflects the quality of the building and puts it among a select set around the globe.

“The building is distinctive, innovative and imaginative in its design, with outstanding functionality, fitness for purpose and use of technology.”

Current Business School Dean Professor Greg Whittred said the news reinforces that the University of Auckland Business School is world class.

“There is no doubt that having the whole school located in the one place - and such a spectacular place at that - has had an enormous impact on the staff’s sense of community and identity. There is a real sense of place that is very evident every time a bus of high school students arrive for a tour of the school – it's always where they want to be.

“It is rather special to be able to say to potential staff, students and benefactors that the sense of physical place is genuinely complementary to the sense of intellectual space - and that both are recognised as genuinely world class.”

Other awards for the OGGB include:

  • 2008 Shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival Awards
  • 2008 Building and Construction Award, New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards
  • 2008 Merit Award, Education and Arts Category, Property Council of New Zealand
  • 2009 Gold Award, Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand (ACENZ)

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