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.

Exterior of Mason Arlington Campus new building concept

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

New Building Concept

Mason’s expansion of the Arlington Campus from 700,000 square feet to 1.2 million square feet includes the addition of a 400,000 square foot building.

The building will house the Institute for Digital InnovAtion and host programs associated with a new School of Computing and our research and graduate programs. We'll also have maker spaces, and space for industry, public and regional ecosystems partners and commercial services.

Mason’s goals are to grow computing programs, which now enroll more graduate and undergraduate students than any public institution in Virginia, as well as advance research in high-tech fields and increase the number of highly skilled graduates for Amazon and other employers.


Arlington Forward 20:20 Series

Join us at our new event series starting in January 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.

“Two Kinds of Minds: Rethinking Human-Machine Partnerships”

January 27, 2020, 7 p.m., Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall, Hosted by Mason’s Center for Advancing Human-Machine Partnership.
“Robots vs. Humans? Developing Collaborative Robotics to Enhance Human Potential”  February 13, 2020, 5:30 p.m., Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall. Hosted by The Schar School of Policy and Government’s Dr. Maurice Kugler.
“Peace Engineering” March 17, 2020, 6:30 p.m. Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall. Hosted by the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
“Fourth Annual Mason Energy Forum - Threats and Opportunities: Using Data and Technology to Protect Grid Resilience” April 27, 2020, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall, Hosted by Mason’s Center for Energy Science and Policy and Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities.
“Protecting What You Build: Intellectual Property as the Entrepreneur’s Core Asset”  May 14, 2020, 5:30 p.m., 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” September 14, 2020, 6 p.m. Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall. Hosted by The College of Science and The Volgenau School of Engineering.
“Creating Shared Value in Organizations” September 24, 2020, 6:30 p.m. Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall. Hosted by Executive Development and the Business for a Better World Center of the School of Business.
“Points of Departure: Innovations in Arts Management” Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall, Keynote October 2-3, 2020; 11 a.m. on Oct. 3 (additional panels to be announced). Hosted by the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Arts Management Program.
“Are We Getting Smarter? The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Learning”  October 14, 2020, 6:30 p.m. Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall. Hosted by The Virginia Serious Game Institute at the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
“Using Technology to Bridge Divides” November 17, 2020, 6 p.m. Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall. Hosted by Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing.



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.