Northwestern slated to open San Francisco space in spring 2016


Alice Yin/Daily Senior Staffer

Northwestern’s new San Francisco space will be housed at 44 Montgomery St. The building was built in 1966 and was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River until 1969.

Tyler Pager, Editor in Chief

Northwestern plans to open its San Francisco site in June with a focus on journalism and engineering.

The site will host programs from the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science including residency programs, short “immersion experiences” and events for alumni, the University announced Tuesday in a news release. The space will also host new programs in software development, digital design and entrepreneurship.

“The most exciting and unexpected breakthroughs happen at the intersections between disciplines,” McCormick Dean Julio Ottino said in the release. “We have had a track record of success with Medill and look forward to continuing our partnership as we explore new ways that journalism, marketing, engineering and computer science can work together.”

Medill and McCormick students already collaborate on projects such as the Knight Lab, which builds technologies for news organizations, and interdisciplinary classes.

The first group of students will be Medill graduate students as part of the new Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Specialization, which will include three months in San Francisco beginning in September.

NU’s San Francisco site — 44 Montgomery St. — formerly housed the Wells Fargo bank headquarters.

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