18 Apr 2019
Community Celebrates Dedication of Schwartz Common and PavilionTopics:
Photo by Susan Young
Members of the HBS community gathered on April 18 to celebrate the dedication of the Schwartz Common and Pavilion, outdoor spaces that will enhance the HBS campus and community life. Comprising the area framed by Aldrich Hall, Cumnock Hall, Klarman Hall, and the Spangler Center, the Schwartz Common and Pavilion recognize a gift from the Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation in honor of Schwartz’s 50th Reunion. Schwartz (MBA 1970) and family members were on hand for the dedication ceremony.
“The sense of place on Harvard Business School’s uniquely residential campus is as much defined by its landscape as its buildings,” said Dean Nitin Nohria. “As a complimentary network of thoughtful open spaces and architecture, the HBS campus supports and nurtures the community in living, learning, convening, and working together to support our core mission of educating leaders who make a difference in the world.”
The Schwartz Pavilion, a covered, open-air performance and gathering space, is designed to be a dynamic hub of activity; a place for exchange and socializing, recreation, and reflection. It supports seasonal and programmatic flexibility, with a contemporary design that resonates with the buildings around it.
Schwartz is the founder and CEO of Onex Corporation. He has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada and inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. He and his wife live in Toronto, where Reisman is the founder and CEO of Indigo Books & Music. Significant supporters of higher education at HBS and beyond, the couple recently pledged a $100 million gift to the University of Toronto to help create an Innovation Centre focused on artificial intelligence and biomedicine.
In 1995, Schwartz and a team from HBS began purchasing contemporary art for areas of daily activity on campus, reflecting Schwartz’s vision for creating an artistic presence at HBS that would spur debates that transcended the classroom experience. Inspired by the growing collection, a small group of MBA students founded the HBS Art Appreciation Society in 2001. It quickly grew into one of the largest student clubs on campus.
Class of MBA 1970, Section H