Marquette University Jesuit Residence

The Dr. E. J. O’Brien Jesuit Residence represents a significant endeavor for the Marquette Jesuit Community, reinforcing their commitment to higher education, while underscoring the university’s identity and tradition as a Catholic, Jesuit institution. Importantly, the residence supports the university’s long-term vision to re-imagine and revitalize the center of campus between Wisconsin Ave. and Wells Street.

TKWA was asked to design a new facility to replace an outdated residence that lacked needed program spaces. Requirements for the new building included a design compatible with existing Collegiate Gothic architecture on campus while remaining modest in expression and detail.



Milwaukee, WI


40,000 sf


Completed 2015

Design of the residence supports the Jesuit contemplative way of life and communal approach to daily living, including a small chapel, meeting spaces, kitchen and dining, and private rooms. An outdoor courtyard and garden space frames the building entrance.

“The new home for our Jesuit community remains at the heart of campus, and I can’t stress enough how important that is to us Jesuits and the entire Marquette community. To have a modern and welcoming space for our priests to live, worship, and interact with students, faculty and staff is truly a gift.”

Rev. Jeffrey LaBelle, S.J.
Marquette University Jesuit Community Rector