California Institute for Technology

Tianqiao & Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building

New home for collaborative cross-disciplinary research.

The California Institute of Technology is constructing a 145,000 square foot research building that will be the home of the new Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience. The new building will be located at Del Mar Boulevard and Wilson Avenue, the northwest corner of campus, sited to preserve open views through campus while creating a new and iconic gateway. Enhancing collaboration and cross-disciplinary research, the new facility will bring together in a single location multiple principal investigators and research groups from the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering who are focused on advancing research in the field of neuroscience.

The building includes three stories above-grade and two below-grade levels. The below-grade levels include laboratory and laboratory support spaces, a machine shop, and neuroscience teaching laboratory. The lowest level of the building is connected via a below-grade tunnel to the adjacent Broad Center for Biological Sciences research building.

The ground floor includes lobby space, administrative offices and conference space for the Chen Institute, a seminar room, and 150-seat tiered auditorium. The remaining above-grade levels house offices for principal investigators, collaboration space, research laboratories, and laboratory support spaces.


Pasadena, CA


  • Hensel Phelps Construction Co. - Construction Manager
  • SmithGroup - Architect of Record

LEED Status

Registered for LEED

Building Size

145,000 sq. ft.


  • 2021 Design Excellence Award, DBIA WPR
  • Project of the Year
  • 2021 Building Team Gold Award, BD+C
  • 2020 North American Copper in Architecture Award
  • 2021 National Award — Merit, Industrial/Process/Research Facilities, DBIA
  • 2021 National Award — Excellence, Industrial/Process/Research Facilities

Rendering courtesy of Hensel Phelps; SmithGroup

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