Bloch Executive Hall at University of Missouri-Kansas

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Sitting adjacent to UMKC'S historic School of Management building, and now complementing it, is the new Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Everything about the three-story, 58,000-square-foot Bloch Hall was designed for active learning. Students studying entrepreneurship and in graduate and executive programs have the most use of the facility, which architect Steve McDowell of BNIM says is "more like a design studio than a business school learning environment." Put another way, "the D school is the new B school," says McDowell, a principal at the firm.

* CHALLENGE: McDowell's description mirrors the thinking of Dean Teng-Kee Tan, who joined the institution in 2009. Tans philosophy involves breaking traditional molds of business education, and his expertise is in technology innovation and product development.

The original building was "designed for a pedagogical model that doesn't include many of the components necessary to nurture entrepreneurial and innovative thinkers," says Acting Dean David Donnelly. "It was designed for lectures, case discussions, and other methods that did not anticipate or include advances in instructional technology or the needs of successful innovators." With today's enrollment 70 percent higher than in 2007, the need for more space drove plans for a new facility. Tans passion for experiential learning led its design.

* SOLUTION: Stanford's d. …


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