Université de Genève was founded in 1559 by John Calvin as a theological seminar, named the Académie de Genève.
The Uni Mail building, with a surface of 32000 square meters, hosts the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Economics and Management, the Faculty of Psychology and Education and the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting. It was designed by Atelier Coopératif d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme (ACAU) and completed in 1999. A covered main street connects the four buildings hosting the different faculties. Its design was inspired by the famous Italian shopping galleries, such as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan or the Galleria Umberto I in Naples.