The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center unites the four buildings that comprise the campus of Parsons The New School for Design and organizes a range of shared spaces around a new urban quad. New entries on Fifth Avenue and West 13th Street connect internally to provide access to the center’s new auditorium, galleries, archives center, student critique area, orientation center, and meeting rooms.
Stripped to expose its substantial concrete encased steel structure, the buildings’ character provides a raw and varied industrial context for new, more refined architectural interventions. A new transparent façade of deep-set windows that wrap 250 feet around the complex’s perimeter frames student work within. Made possible through the generous gift of Sheila C.
Johnson, the Center recognizes the urban context of the institution, reflects The New School’s commitment to the new, and places on view to the street the innovative work being produced at the University.Design Team: Lyn Rice, Astrid Lipka, Kimberlae Saul, Karl Larson, Anne Schiffmann, Leif Halverson, Kai Hotson, Julie Moskovitz, Pamela Torres, Erik Carver, Jonathan Garnett, Joanna GulikConsultants: Buro Happold, Front Inc., Langan Engineering, Richard Shaver Architectural Lighting, Cerami & Associates, Art Preservation Services, American Security Services, Construction Specifications, Inc., JAM Consultants, Van Deusen & Associates.