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Tata Open for Business

HBS's new Executive Education building opens its doors to the world
Re: Dick Spangler (MBA 1956); Das Narayandas; Jay Light
by Daniel Morrell

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In 2007, as Dean Jay Light and C.D. ("Dick") Spangler Jr. (MBA 1956) led Ratan Tata (AMP 71, 1975), chairman of India's Tata Sons Ltd., out of Kresge Hall toward Storrow Drive, Light and Spangler gestured out to the space in front of them. This spot—with its beautiful views of Cambridge and the Charles—they told Tata, would be perfect for a new Executive Education building.

Six years later, on December 9, that vision was fully realized with the official dedication of Tata Hall. The first new building on campus since Spangler Center opened in 2001, the space will feature classrooms and gathering spots as well as offer housing for some of the 10,000 Executive Education participants who come to campus each year. The concave shape of the building—designed by William Rawn Associates and on track for LEED platinum certification—is meant to represent open arms, with the extensive use of glass intended to convey the School's inclusiveness.

"Many Executive Education participants talk about their programs as a transformational experience," says Professor Das Narayandas, senior associate dean and chair of Executive Education. And not just because of what they learn in the classroom, he says, but also from their informal discussions with classmates and engagement with their living groups. "Tata Hall provides the right environment for these interactions; it helps the participants discover themselves."  —Dan Morrell

 
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