School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences, University of Wisconsin Madison - Exterior

School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Madison, Wisconsin


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Collaborators +

Associate Architect: Kahler Slater

Structural Engineering: Thornton Tomasetti

ME Engineering: Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

Plumbing Engineering: IBC Engineering

Civil Engineering: GRAEF

Landscape Architecture: Confluence

Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

Project Size

327,000 square feet

Project Status

In Progress


Targeting LEED New Construction Platinum


Architecture, Interior Design, Planning

The new School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences (CDIS) building is intended to be a lighthouse for innovation. The project will enable diverse stakeholders to collaborate, teach and discover at the intersection of technology and humanity. By co-locating the departments of Computer Sciences and Statistics, and the Information School together with the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute under one roof, the new CDIS building will be a destination for industry partnerships, foster K-12 outreach and expand programmatic and research relationships on campus and beyond.

The architecture has been organized to enable three key ecosystems to flourish together—a Research Ecosystem, a Learning Ecosystem, and a Student Ecosystem. A flexible community space, vertically connected across several levels, fills the center of the building, creating visual and physical connections. This space is punctuated by collaboration spaces and specialty research spaces to promote connection, and to celebrate the research life. The design is intended to facilitate intellectual collisions—across Departments and campus, between faculty and students, and across the institutional boundary—that underlie the CDIS mission.

The building will strengthen ties to the campus with its terraced form and pedestrian enhancements to Orchard Street. The project will promote innovation and new connections in Wisconsin and beyond.

“The School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences is a place where our faculty and students will shape the way technology influences and enriches our lives.”

– Rebecca Blank, UW–Madison Chancellor
Associate Architect - Kahler Slater

Kahler Slater

Associate Architect