(Originally published by the University of Calfornia, Santa Barbara)
October 07, 2004
On October 7, 2004, the institute dedicated its new wing, designed by Michael Graves, known for innovative design distinguished by the interplay of form and function.
A packed audience overlooking the sea included distinguished scientists from around the world attending the Future of Physics Conference, local politicians, senior university officials and members of the community. Chancellor Yang, UC Regent Judith Hopkinson, Frederick W. Gluck and Fred Kavli highlighted the significance of the institute's 25 years of leadership. Keynote speaker, Michael Turner, astrophysicist and NSF Assistant Director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, reflected on the critical role continuing to be played by the KITP. Guests were then invited to enjoy informal tours of the new wing and a courtyard reception.
The new wing added offices for visitors, a state-of-the-art auditorium, and a new tower housing the director's office on the ground floor, and a spectacular ocean-view salon on the second floor. The newly enclosed and canopied courtyard now serves as a beautiful outdoor room for hosting receptions and conferences, complete with slate blackboards and tables, used for coffe and tea served for the visitors each afternoon. [photos]
The KITP welcomes inquiries from donors interested in naming the new wing, and many of the distinctive spaces within Kohn Hall, home to this world renowned institute.