Project Description

Stanford Law School – William H. Neukom Building & Crown Quad Building

Stanford Law School needed more space to accommodate growth in student enrollment, new faculty positions, and the expansion of its academic clinics. MKThink led the assessment and concept validation for a new building and partnered with Ennead Architects on the final design. 

The state-of-the-art building houses an expanded law clinic, faculty offices, and meeting and collaboration spaces. Smart-building control systems give occupants control over lighting, thermal comfort settings, and indoor air quality. The central courtyard offers serene views and maximizes natural light and calls to mind Stanford’s historic quads. The visual aesthetic strengthens the school’s identity on campus.

MKThink also developed the Future Forward Plan to update Stanford Law School’s Master Plan and direct development on campus. The plan called for the renovation of Crown Quad, a dated 1970s concrete structure.

Completed during 10-week summer breaks, the modernized Crown Quad features 16 classrooms, legal clinics, and a moot court room. MKThink tranformed the 35,000-SF Law Library from one dominated by the storage of books into one designed for research, group, and independent study.

The Law Library is considered one of best places to study on campus; usage has increased from 60 students per day to 1000. The Crown Quad facility is now befitting of Stanford Law School’s world-class reputation.

Project name

William H. Neukom Building & Crown Quad Modernization


Schematic Design, Concept Development,
Architectural Design, Environmental Analysis,
Data Management (4Daptive), Business Planning


Stanford, CA






137,000 SF 


Stanford University