About Franklin Antonio Hall

Franklin Antonio Hall at the University of California San Diego is designed for collaborative research, active learning and transfer of innovation to society.
Thirteen large research facilities called “collaboratories” make up the heart of Franklin Antonio Hall. Each collaboratory will house a collection of professor-led research groups from different but related disciplines. Together, these complementary research teams will pursue grand-challenge research in areas like renewable energy technologies, smart cities and smart transportation, wearable and robotics innovations, real-time data analysis and decision making, digital privacy and security, nanotechnology, and precision medicine.

The building is designed to maximize the circulation and collaboration of UC San Diego faculty, students, professional research staff, and industry partners.
Research groups from at least half of the 13 agile centers and institutes launched since 2014 will move into research collaboratories in Franklin Antonio Hall where they’ll be able to share the same physical work spaces.

Franklin Antonio Hall will also serve as an important new facility for undergraduate and graduate-student learning, both inside and outside the classroom. The building will provide critical workspace for Jacobs School undergraduate student organizations that are participating in national design competitions. Teams of students will design, build and test their projects in this new collaborative environment. Teams will cycle through the space annually to best serve the growing number of nationally ranked student teams.

A 250-seat auditorium, two 100-seat classrooms designed for active learning, and collaborative study space for students are also components of Franklin Antonio Hall.

Franklin Antonio Hall will also become the new home of the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur, which leads many of the Jacobs School of Engineering’s efforts to empower faculty, students and research staff to bring their innovations to market.