The design of the History Faculty building was an entry into an architectural competition in 1963. The winning design was conceived by James Frazer Stirling and the resultant structure is almost identical to the original plans. However, after the competition, it was discovered that a part of the original site was unavailable to the University and the building was turned 90 degrees to fit the land available. The building was completed in 1968 and awarded a Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal in 1970. The building is listed by English Heritage.