Corpus Christi College is one of the most prestigious colleges at Oxford University and home to some 360 students. It was founded in 1517 with the aim of advancing understanding and encouraging new ways of thinking.
To continue to do so, it needed a building in which it could host lectures and seminars of international standing. So in May 2004 the College decided to build a new 150-capacity auditorium – the most important building to be constructed on the Grade I listed site in over 300 years. Having contributed £10,000 towards the cost of the RIBA-backed international architectural competition in 2005, our further grant of £1 million helped make this a reality. The architecturally acclaimed MBI Al Jaber Building, designed by Rick Mather, opened in October 2009. Today the state of the art venue, which also includes two smaller seminar rooms,hosts drama, musical performances and keynote lectures – serving as a stage for the College’s latest generation of talented residents.