The Science and Innovation Campus, Cardiff University


When researchers and scientists come together to find cures for some of the world’s most challenging diseases, the results are life-changing. Creating spaces where these kinds of collaborations and innovations can naturally occur was the strategy behind the design of the Haydn Ellis Building and the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC), the first and second phases of the Cardiff Innovation Campus (CIC) at Cardiff University in Wales, UK.

For the architects at the Cardiff Studio of IBI Group, designing Hadyn Ellis and CUBRIC required them to collaborate with University officials, scientists and researchers, to develop spaces that would be both inspiring and inviting to students and visitors alike. That was one of the themes the designers wanted us to include in the video case study we produced to help showcase IBI Group’s Learning + global design practice for higher education.

The Story Behind the Story

When we started researching this project, we were struck by the spirit of collaboration that existed between the architects, and the University team. Both sides worked side by side throughout the lengthy design process. We captured that camaraderie through interviews with the key members of each team. Visually, we showed how the architects used natural light and open spaces in the two buildings. We also interviewed scientists and researchers who shared with us how the design of the buildings positively impacts their work.

The result is a story where well-being and world-class research co-exist, for the betterment of all.

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