Harvard Business School, Klarman Hall

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Harvard Business School sought a venue dedicated to educating leaders who make a difference in the world. So, we envisioned a space with communication, audience engagement, and collaboration at the heart of the design to support the HBS commitment to free expression and open inquiry. We helped design the room with three stacked side galleries to pull the audience and presenters closer together. Retractable screens rise from the floor to adjust the visual scale for smaller gatherings and a large video wall makes an unforgettable backdrop for film or presentations. The hall also features four audio systems for presenter amplification, media, acoustic enhancement, and a state-of-the-art “voice-lift” system for effortless conversations across the room. The 140,000 square foot LEED-Gold facility also includes a spacious atrium lobby, backstage support spaces, control rooms, and a production studio for webinars, podcasts, and videos for HBS’s outreach programs.

Harvard Business School, Klarman Hall
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography

Harvard Business School


William Rawn Associates | Miller Dyer Spears (Production studios)


Threshold Acoustics | Idibri (audiovisual systems)


Harvard Business School, TED Talks, Cultural events and performances, International VIP Presentations

Seat count


Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Educational, Conference center


Programming, concept design, theatre planning, event lighting design, theatre equipment design and specification



Venue website


Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography

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