A state-of-the-art interprofessional education facility and community hub for the schools of medicine, nursing, public health and pharmacy, the Health Sciences Innovation Building (HSIB) is designed for flexibility, interaction and collaboration. The building is conceived in two major zones. The terra-cotta-clad ‘porch’ faces the campus mall to the east and the surrounding colleges. As the signature exterior feature of HSIB, the terracotta facade is both rooted to the land and hand-crafted — the vertical, twisting geometry recalling the area’s native saguaro cactus and the clay-based material acknowledging craft embodied in the local Native American heritage. In contrast, the glass and metal-clad ‘loft’ offers a variety of flexible learning environments. CO Architects: Executive & Design Architect; Swaim Associates: Associate Architect.