Knauss Center For Business Education

San Diego, CA


Delawie completed the University of San Diego Knauss Center of Business Education as a joint venture with national design firm Perkins & Will for USD’s Knauss School of Business that encompasses a new three-story, 89,000 SF Knauss Center for Business Education and the renovation of the 47,000 SF Olin Hall.

The Knauss Center for Business Education transforms the iconic and award-winning campus. Complete in the Fall of 2022, it provides USD students with 23 new classrooms, a 1,200 SF financial markets lab and 1,200 SF data analytics lab. There are board meeting rooms, a 2,600 SF Nexus Theatre, an auditorium with a capacity of 250 audience members, and a 7,300 SF Student Success Center. The building has facilities to host guest speakers and outside groups. The exterior of the building is designed to complement the 16th century Spanish renaissance architecture throughout the USD campus, while providing a modern, open space for students to learn.

Olin Hall includes 36 new staff offices totaling 120 SF each, five 150 SF conference rooms, a 950 SF faculty community center, a 2,300 SF café and more. Olin Hall primarily functions as a center for the Knauss Business School faculty, operating in conjunction with the Knauss Center to form a 120,000 SF business school complex – tripling the size of The Knauss School of Business.

Features of the building will include:

The Free Enterprise Suite is a state-of-the-art technology space to help seed student startups from across the university.

The Student Success Center unifies advising, career development, mentoring and other student services.

The Busch Family Torero production studio, named through the first gift to the building project from Kim and Andy Busch, us a high-technology production studio for students to create mock interviews, videos, podcasts and other tools to help students develop their personal brand.

The Dennis Zocco and Dan Rivetti Finance Lab, supported by the Kokua Na Lani Foundation, helps student foster advanced financial analysis skills through training on the most impactful software tools currently used by thought leaders of the financial industry.

The Knauss School of Business is an unparalleled place for learning and innovation that will help prepare students to succeed not just academically, but as ethical leaders who are inspired to make a difference in their communities.