Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

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Jacobs Hall as seen from outside the Wozniak Lounge.

The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation is a building on the UC Berkeley campus, part of the UC Berkeley College of Engineering. Construction began in August 2014 with a $20 million gift from the Paul and Stacy Jacobs Foundation.[1] The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on August 20, 2015, with speeches from various UC Berkeley administrators, Ellen Lupton,[2] Paul E. Jacobs, executive chairman of Qualcomm,[3] and the building opened for instruction on September 16. The 24,000-square-foot building was constructed at a cost of $25 million, funded by philanthropy.


The building includes a general purpose makerspace on the first floor, two classrooms on the second floor, and a large classroom and event space on the third floor.[4] The makerspace contains tools and rapid prototyping equipment.[5]

  • Metal shop
  • Visualization lab
  • CAD/CAM lab
  • All-purpose makerspace
  • Design lounge
  • Electronics lab
  • AV production lab
  • Advanced prototyping lab

Masters in Design program[edit]

On June 25, 2019 it was announced that the institute would play a key role in developing and delivering the core curriculum for the new Master of Design program with the inaugural cohort in 2020.[6]


  1. ^ "UC Berkeley's new Jacobs Hall to open in fall". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  2. ^ "News & Events". Jacobs Institute.
  3. ^ "Grand opening for Jacobs Hall, the new hub for all things design". Berkeley News. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Mathew, Teresa (2015-08-26). "$24M UC Berkeley innovation institute partners with companies to boost maker movement". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  6. ^ "College of Engineering and College of Environmental Design launch new Master of Design program". Berkeley Engineering. 2019-06-25. Retrieved 2019-06-28.

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Coordinates: 37°52′34″N 122°15′32″W / 37.876022°N 122.258802°W / 37.876022; -122.258802