Knight Hall

Knight Hall is a 102,000 square foot building built along with Bauer Hall on the former site of Eliot Hall and adjacent to the Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center.

The design of the business school complex was a collaboration among two architectural firms, Moore Ruble Yudell, architect-of-record, and Mackey Mitchell Architects, associate architect, and two mechanical engineering firms, Buro Happold and William Tao & Associates.

Knight Hall was dedicated on May 2, 2014.


Charles F. and Joanne Knight

Charles F. Knight, chief executive officer at Emerson for 27 years and now chairman emeritus, was a member of Washington University’s Board of Trustees from 1977 to 1990, a pivotal period of growth in its history.

Knight’s philanthropic involvement extends throughout St. Louis, and he is especially interested in organizations devoted to higher education, healthcare, and youth assistance.

Joanne Knight has been especially engaged in advancing the work of the Alzheimer’s Association of St. Louis, for which she has served in several volunteer and advisory positions, including a term as president. She also has helped lead the Central Institute for the Deaf for nearly 30 years as a member of its board of directors. Her service to Washington University includes charter membership on the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center Community Advisory Board and serving as a member of the School of Art National Council.

In addition to receiving an honorary doctor of science degree in 1996 from Washington University, Charles Knight received the university’s Robert S. Brookings Award in 1999 and its Eliot Society Search Award in 2007. He received Olin Business School’s Dean’s Medal in 1993 and, in 2012, both Charles and Joanne Knight received that honor. In 2010, Joanne Knight received an honorary doctor of humanities degree from the university.

Learn more about the Knights and their gifts to expand facilities for Olin Business School.