Clifton Court Hall
University of Cincinnati


Cincinnati, Ohio


University of Cincinnati

Collaborators +

Architect of Record: KZF Design

General Contractor: Messer Construction

Structural Engineering: Buro Happold

MEP Engineer of Record: PEDCO E&A Services

MEP Designer: Buro Happold

Civil Engineering: Buro Happold

Landscape Architecture: MKSK Studios

Lighting Design: Buro Happold, Studio Lumen

Graphics/Signage: Harris Architects

Acoustic Design: Threshold Acoustics

Project Size

185,377 square feet

Project Status



Targeting LEED New Construction Silver


Architecture, Interior Design, Planning

Located on the prominent academic ridge of the historic University of Cincinnati campus, Clifton Court Hall unifies social science programs into a multidisciplinary research and education facility. The new building brings together seven academic departments—coalescing faculty workspace, specialized lab spaces, administrative offices, classrooms, and collaboration areas to foster a vibrant ecosystem of research, learning, and social engagement.

The design emphasizes functional flexibility in response to the multiplicity of program needs and continually evolving pedagogies. In addition to serving the resident populations, more than 1,000 classroom seats augment the campus-wide classroom stock, including a mix of flexible flat-floor, lecture, and auditoria spaces. The large community atrium anchors a series of collaboration spaces and team rooms, interconnected by open internal circulation.

Externally, program organization and building form mediate the sloping topography to engage active pedestrian pathways, extending campus circulation patterns into and through the facility. Responding to the unique campus context, the building extends the visual language and material palette of the central campus to the west, towards downtown Cincinnati, and provides a visual terminus to the north end of the Clifton Yard.

Photography: Tim Griffith


A sculptural red staircase cuts across the five-story central atrium, elevating a prominent campus pathway and acting as a gateway to the campus. 

“Every student will spend time here learning, researching, and engaging with the outside community which makes it a building for the whole campus, as well as for the College and the Departments.”

– Susan Lowance, Principal, LMN Architects

KZF Design

Associate Architect