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The Salk Institute was founded in 1960 by polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk. Jonas worked directly with the brilliant architect Louis Kahn to design laboratory spaces that were open, spacious, and adaptable to the ever changing needs of science.

The buildings Kahn designed were opened in 1965 and today house 50 laboratories. These buildings serve a dual role as cultural icon. They are modernist masterpieces revered by the architectural community, and they are also home to one of the world’s premiere institutions for biomedical research. With transformational discoveries coming in fields such as neuroscience, plant biology, cancer, infectious diseases, and diabetes.

Read the feature in Inside Salk magazine titled “A Masterful Design”»