Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building

Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building

Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building

What You'll Find Here

  • School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Daily Iowan
  • Iowa High School Press Association
  • Quill and Scroll Society


104 West Washington
Formal Name: 
Philip D. Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building
OPN Architects, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Home to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, and the Daily Iowan, the Philip D. Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building establishes a disciplinary quad with the Samuel L. Becker Communication Studies Building.

The building is named after Philip David Adler of Davenport, Iowa. While at the University of Iowa in the 1920s, Adler was editor of the Daily Iowan, becoming publisher of the Kewanee Star Courier after graduation. Taking over as the publisher of the Davenport Daily Times in 1949, Adler went on to build a regional newspaper conglomerate.

Intended to define a plaza between the Main Library and the Becker Building, the Adler Building also weaves together all the surrounding brick architectures. The connecting bridge provides interdisciplinary communication between Becker and Adler, and the red- brick square arch under the bridge also helps to restore the visual axis between the Main Library and the Iowa Memorial Union, which had been sacrificed to Becker’s octagonal auditorium.

The Adler Building is respectful of its visual proximity to the Pentacrest as well. Set back from Iowa Avenue, it leaves open the dramatic upward view from the west. An expressive south façade makes for a memorable pedestrian zone. Here, the crossbars of the rotunda (typically Post- modern in their ornamental function) contrast with the utter simplicity of Becker. The rotunda itself recalls the projecting west façades of nearby Macbride and Schaeffer Halls. Inside, a three-story brick wall and atrium bisects the building from north to south and separates the more public general assignment spaces to the east from the westward spaces, dedicated to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


The building is accessible to persons with disabilities. It's located in the block between Washington Street and Iowa Avenue just north of the Library and west of the Becker Communications Studies Building. This block of West Washington Street is a pedestrian plaza; vehicle access is limited. Designated parking spaces are available. (See below.)

The main lobby entrance to the building is located on the west side near the south end of the building. An additonal entrance is located at the north end of the building. Both entrances are accessible and include power door operators.
Two designated accessible parking spaces are located just south of the adjacent Becker Communication Studies Building near the loading dock. There are also designated spaces directly in front of the Main Library and in the lot west of the library.
All restrooms in the building are accessible.
The elevator is located near the main lobby. An additional elevator is located in the Becker Communications Studies Building which is linked to the Adler Building by an accessible skywalk on the second floor.