New York, New York


The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center establishes a new 32,800-square-foot campus nexus for Parsons The New School for Design by uniting and radically reorganizing the street-level spaces of the school’s four buildings around a new urban quad. The center draws together the school’s creative programs in their active Greenwich Village context. New Fifth Avenue and West 13th Street entries connect internally for the first time under a glazed-roof, providing access to new galleries, archives, auditorium, orientation center, student critique zone, and seminar spaces.

The new 1,600-square-foot glazed-roof campus quad unifies circulation and brings together students and faculty from the school’s different design disciplines. Yellow poplar bark panels refer to traditionally planned campus environs, but the new addition is urban and improvised 90 years after the buildings were completed, a tactical appropriation of the liminal space between existing buildings. Stripped to expose their substantial concrete and steel structures, the existing building shells provide a raw and varied industrial context for the new, discretely articulated programmatic insertions.

Lyn Rice Architects worked as designers and planners to set up opportunities for the students to create an identity for the center through their work. Windowsills that previously formed a barrier between inside and out were removed. New frames were lowered and thickened to form a window lounge with interior and exterior seating. The window lounge also doubles as an exhibition zone for the display of student work, and encourages students and faculty to occupy the complex’s perimeter.


The New School

Lyn Rice Architects
40 Worth Street 1317
New York, NY 10013
T 212.285.1003
F 212.285.1005

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Principal: Lyn Rice AIA

Associate: Astrid Lipka AIA

Project manager: Kimberlae Saul AIA

Team leaders: Karl-Erik Larson & Anne-Rachel Schiffmann

Design team: Leif Halverson (SD project architect), Kai Hotson, Julie Torres Moscovitz, Pamela Torres, Erik Carver, Jonathan Garnett, Joanna Gulik

Structural, MEP, & Fire Protection Engineering:
Buro Happold, New York

Associate principal: Denzil Gallagher

Project manager/electrical: Dennis Burton

Mechanical: Alan Jackson, Jing Song, Rebecca Welch

Structural: Stanley Wojnowski, Adrian Biltoft, J Cohen

Fire protection & plumbing: Valentin Antohi

Glazing Consultant:
Front Inc., New York
Marc Simmons, partner
Russell Davies, project leader

Richard Shaver Architectural Lighting
T 212.308.3775
Richard Shaver, principal

Maik Nitzschke, project manager

Construction Specifications, Inc.
Aaron Pine, principal
Code Consultants:
JAM Consultants, Inc.
Robert Anderson, principal
Janet Forde, assistant

Elevator Consultants:
Van Deusen & Associates
John Beckman, project manager
Rick Sayah, team leader

General contractor
Richter + Ratner
1370 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY  10018
T 212-936-4500 x 101

Mark Heiman, COO
David Brown, Project Manager
Bob Marino, Site Super

Michael Moran,
T 212.334.4543
© Michael Moran

Noah Sheldon,
T 718.775.3005
© Noah Sheldon

T 212.285.1003


CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Drafting: AutoCad 2007

Modeling: Rhino

Rendering: Rhino, Adobe CS2



Exterior cladding:
Exterior Louvers: Aluminum louvers manufactured by Architectural Louvers and installed by Empire Architectural Metal Corp.

Elastomeric: Kemper fluid-applied reinforced unsaturated polyester membrane.

Aluminum: Custom Aluminum frame assembly by Empire Architectural Metal Corp.,
14-50 118th Street,
College Point, NY  11356

Exterior Glazing Insulated Glass Units (IGUs):
Low-iron, 2-1/4” thick laminated IGUs manufactured by Rochester Glass. 

Installation by Empire Architectural Metal Corp.

Interior Glazing:  3/4” thick low-iron laminated, tempered installed by Empire Architectural Metal Corp.

Custom skylight manufactured and installed by Empire Architectural Metal Corp.

Insulated-panel or plastic glazing:
Exterior IGU’s:
Rochester Glass, Windows and Doors,
Rochester, NY

All Glass Entrances:
Low-iron, 3/4” tempered glass,
installed by Empire Architectural Metal Corp.,
14-50 118th Street,
College Point, NY 11356

Metal doors:Canaan Distributors Corp.

Custom Pivot Wall: Steel frame with Forbo tackable surface fabricated/installed by Legere Group, Ltd.

Locksets: Best

Hinges: Stanley

Closers: Norton

Exit devices: Precision,Adams Rite, Von Duprin
Pulls: Burns

Security devices: Honeywell,Pass&Seymour, HID Corporation, Sony,Siedle

Turnstiles: Smarter Security Systems:Fastlane Plus R400MA

Cabinet hardware: Hafele,     Blum,McMaster Carr

Interior finishes:
Custom millwork: Color-conversion varnish fabricated, finished and installed throughout by Legere Group, Ltd.

Archive Lockers: Custom milled interlaced lockers by Legere Group, Ltd.

Paints and stains:
Benjamin Moore: Super White, White Dove, China White, Deep Space, Gull Wing Gray

Wallpaper: Kamhi Kolor, New York

Slate Wall: Amadeus Marble and Granite Corp., Long Island City, NY.

Bark Panels:
Yellow Poplar Bark, premium grade,
Highland Craftsmen, Inc.
534 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine,
NC 28777, installed by Legere Group, Ltd.

Bamboo panels: Teragren caramelized vertical grain panels, milled (in Auditorium) and finished with color conversion varnish (at Orientation Room) and installed by Legere Group, Ltd

MDF Panels: Great Lakes MDF, Spectratech Color MDF, black, no finish, milled and installed by Legere Group, Ltd.

Elevator Mesh Enclosure: Expanded Aluminum Mesh, Mc Nichols, fabricated and installed by United Iron, Mount Vernon, NY.

Special surfacing:
Tackable Wall Surface: Forbo

Floor and wall tile:
American Olean: 2x2 mosaic tile

Resilient flooring:
Rubber flooring: Ecosurface Ecostone #806 on
EcoSilence Underlayment.

Vinyl Flooring: Lonseal Lonfloor Plain

Interface Flor carpet tile, graphite Eurotex Tredford, #508

Aluminum Flooring:
Alumaflor, installed by Pyramid Floor Covering, Inc.

Interior Finish Concrete Floor:
High strength, architectural concrete hard-troweled by Azzarone, Mineola, NY   

Office furniture:
Conference Tables: Vitra Join Table

Filing Cabinets: Bisley

Reception furniture:
Custom steel reception desk with powder-coated finish by Legere Group, Ltd.

Fixed seating:
Auditorium Seating: KI

Task Chairs: Think chairs by Steelcase.

Conference Chairs: Catifa narrow upholstered with fabric by Maharan.  Distributed by Gordon International.

The New School Orientation: Catifa narrow, non-upholstered. Distributed by Gordon International.

Tables: Custom millwork: color-conversion varnish fabricated, finished and installed by Legere Group, Ltd.

Movable seating:
Lobby seating pods: Bump Ottoman by Dune.

High Density Storage: Spacesaver Mechanical Mobile Shelving   System.

Lecterns: Custom stainless steel + bamboo lectern, manufactured    and installed by Legere Group, Ltd.

Interior lighting:
Erco Eclipse track lighting Accent Lights and Wallwashers, Prudential Lighting Transcendent Round Luminaire,Kurt Versen 6” Diameter Pendants, Erco LED orientation luminaire, Zumtobel Frameless Fluorescent, Edison Price track lighting with Stacklite Wall Washers,Sightline Accent Lights,PrismaTech Pro Interior Compact Fluorescent (recessed in columns),Lumenrail Lighted Handrail,Elliptipar KO Series Tungston Halogen fixtures mounted in custom housing by Empire Architectural Metal Corp.,Nippo Seamlessline T6 Fluorescent Lighting Fixture,Bartco

SCJDC Signage: Let There Be Neon, New York

Digital Clock: Sunrise Systems Inc.,Pembroke, MA

Downlights: Xenon Retro Mini

Exterior: Bega Linear Uplights

Controls:  Lutron

Velis Associates, Inc,
151 South 14th St,
Lindenhurst, NY 11757  

Faucets: Kohler

Sink: custom stainless trough by Chef Restaurant Supply,
294-96 Bowery, New York, NY

Lavatory: American Standard

Urinal: American Standard

Drinking Fountain: Haws Corporation