MIT is located on 168 acres that extend more than a mile along the Cambridge side of the Charles River Basin. The central group of interconnecting buildings, dedicated in 1916, was designed by architect W. Welles Bosworth (Class of 1889) to permit easy communication among schools and departments. Subsequent growth of the campus saw construction of landmark buildings by leading architects such as Alvar Aalto, I. M. Pei '40, and Eero Saarinen.
Early in this century, several new buildings were designed by distinguished architects such as Frank Gehry, Steven Holl, and Fumihiko Maki to meet the changing needs of teaching, research, and community. These remarkable buildings include the Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information, and Intelligence Sciences; Simmons Hall (an undergraduate residence); a Media Lab complex, and the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center. The Institute continues to upgrade and add new buildings to the campus.
MIT's new buildings reflect its commitment to sustainability. Ashdown, Sloan, Building E60, and Koch have received LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council.