George Mason University


Arlington Forward

During the next five years, George Mason University’s Arlington Campus will undergo a $250 million transformation. With it will be the creation of the Rosslyn-Ballston Innovation Corridor, an innovation district that will be the first of its kind in Virginia.

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A concept design for the Institute for Digital Innovation at Mason's Arlington Campus.

Partnering to Build Arlington’s Future

George Mason University, Virginia’s largest and most diverse public research university, continues to take major steps in its plan to transform its Arlington Campus. Three development teams are being considered to partner with the university to design, construct, and operate its Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA).

The building will include approximately 400,000 square feet of new space adjacent to the university’s existing presence in Virginia Square.

In the next five years, Mason’s Arlington Campus will undergo a $250 million transformation that will serve as a critical catalyst in the further activation of the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, a dynamic and growing innovation district with a thriving high-tech ecosystem.

The Mason IDIA will not only support the university’s tech-based research and related educational programs but will provide collaboration and convening spaces to support public programming for the Arlington community.


Arlington Forward 2020 Series

Join us as we explore the many ways innovation and technology impact how we live, work, learn and play. Sign up to receive updates about these and other events at Mason’s Arlington Campus.

“The Technology Divide: How COVID-19 Exposed Disparity in Communities and What We Can Do About It”

November 17, 2020, Noon-1:15 p.m. Register for this virtual event hosted by the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing.

“Points of Departure: Innovations in Arts Management”
Spring 2021 Date To Be Announced. Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall (additional panels to be announced). Hosted by the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Arts Management Program.
“Peace Engineering” Postponed until Spring 2021: Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall. Hosted by the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Read more about the event.
“Protecting What You Build: Intellectual Property as the Entrepreneur’s Core Asset”  Postponed until Spring 2021: Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall. Hosted by the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property at the Antonin Scalia Law School.
“The Era of Big Data and the Challenge of User Privacy” Postponed until Spring 2021: Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall. Hosted by The College of Science and The Volgenau School of Engineering.
“Digital Disruption: How Companies Are Leveraging Change for Competitive Advantage and Collective Impact” Watch the recording here. Hosted by Executive Development and the Business for a Better World Center of the School of Business.
“The Role of Artificial Intelligence and Games in Teaching & Learning in the Age of Covid-19”

Watch recorded discussion  Hosted by The Virginia Serious Game Institute at the College of Visual and Performing Arts.




Research and Innovation Engine
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With $80 million of sponsored research support in 2019, Mason’s Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA) will add to the Rosslyn-Ballston innovation ecosystem:

  • The first and one of the most productive digital humanities communities in the Nation. Learn more about Research and Innovation.
  • A new transdisciplinary research center created to study advances in human-machine partnerships.
  • Thousands of faculty and student innovators and partners exploring new technologies to create a trustworthy Internet of things.


High-Growth Ventures
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Mason will promote the incubation and success of high-growth ventures in the Rosslyn-Ballston Innovation Corridor and beyond by:

  • Supporting the Innovation Law Clinic of the Scalia Law School which provides services to young companies in the region’s dynamic tech sector. Learn more about the Law School clinic.
  • Expanding the Mason ICAP program to help inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market. Learn more about Growth plans and opportunities.
  • Partnering with incubators and accelerators, like Smart City Works and MACH37, to help growing high-tech companies succeed.


Community Partnerships
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Mason is working with a number of partners to ensure inclusive access to the Rosslyn-Ballston innovation ecosystem:

  • Our ADVANCE partnership with Northern Virginia Community College ensures that students interested in tech careers are able to earn 4-year degrees. Learn more about the ADVANCE program.
  • Mason is working with the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) to design programs than engage APAH residents in innovation programs in the region.
  • Mason is working closely with Arlington Public Schools and other P-12 school systems to ensure that teachers and students are prepared to thrive in the digital economy.