Project Overview

The Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building is dedicated to advancing the prevention and treatment of mental illness. Scheduled to open in Spring 2022, UCSF has actively engaged neighbors as we plan for the development of this project. The planned mental health service and resource center will be a state-of-the-art facility that brings together mental and physical health care for patients of all ages, nation-leading programs in psychiatry and psychology training, and clinical research on brain disorders.

The building, made possible by a gift of nearly $60 million from philanthropists John Pritzker and Lisa Stone Pritzker, also will house the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, sitting in close proximity to both the UCSF neuroscience research community and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco at Mission Bay. The building will enable collaborative research and clinical care among members of UCSF’s departments of pediatrics, neurology, radiology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, anesthesiology, and obstetrics/gynecology, all under one roof. It also features a Child, Teen and Family Center that will provide a welcoming environment so young visitors will feel more comfortable as they receive world-class mental health care.


The new Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building will be located at 675 18th Street.

The Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building was designed to optimize patient care, drive research across a variety of disciplines and disorders, and destigmatize mental health care through thoughtful design to both remove potential barriers to and normalize mental health care. With a five-story light-filled atrium, rooftop garden accessible to patients and staff, an extensive photographic art program created by groundbreaking artist Richard Misrach, and a community-based youth art program, the building will convey hope for patients and families and demonstrate the university’s integral role in and commitment to the community.

It will also house an auditorium and conference center where leading researchers and experts will convene to advance the field; dedicated space for psychedelics research; state-of-the-art facilities to study emotion and physiology; and a neuroimaging suite with cutting-edge technology to research novel treatment approaches, especially for those who have not responded to standard interventions.

The project is the culmination of a long-standing vision to integrate physical and mental health at UCSF by eliminating arbitrary boundaries that have isolated psychiatry and the behavioral sciences from other medical disciplines that also advance brain health and treat brain disorders.

Read the latest news about the project:

New UCSF Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building Will Stand as a Statement Against Stigma 
May 12, 2021

UC Regents Approve Building Plans for 3 Projects in Mission Bay, Dogpatch
May 19, 2017

UC Regents to Consider UCSF’s New Child, Teen and Family Center
May 16, 2017

Fresh Vision for Fostering Mental Health Inspires $50 Million Gift to UCSF
June 4, 2015

Community Involvement

Meetings with the Community

April 12, 2017
Building Design Presentation for Community Members

December 6, 2016
Preliminary Design Concept and Draft EIR Public Hearing

June 9, 2016
EIR Scoping Meeting

May 5, 2016
Community Discussion

January 25, 2016
Community Discussion on Mission Bay Development Projects

Meetings with Neighborhood Organizations

September 12, 2017
Design Presentation for the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association

April 25, 2017
Design Presentation for the Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association

April 11, 2017
Design Presentation for the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association


Contact: [email protected] for project updates throughout construction or call 415.514.2651 for urgent concerns.

Ellie Rossiter
Executive Director, Community Relations & Strategic Partnerships
Community & Government Relations
University of California, San Francisco
490 Illinois Street, Floor 11, Box 0462 | San Francisco, CA 94143
Email: [email protected]

Community & Government Relations Projects

UCSF is engaged in a variety of ongoing projects designed to enhance the campus and medical center, and better serve both patients and the greater community.

When we embark on any project, planning always includes engagement with the local community.