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Diana Center, Barnard College

Weiss/Manfredi Architecture

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Project Name

Diana Center, Barnard College

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98,000 sq. feet

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Project Description

The 98,000-square-foot, seven-story building located on Barnard College’s four-acre Manhattan campus serves the art, architecture, theater, and art history departments, and includes faculty offices, a black box theater, and a café, among other facilities. The structure, which replaces a Brutalist building on the northeast corner of campus, achieved LEED Gold certification and features a renovated landscape of garden terraces.

Jury: “The integration of the landscape and architecture is the hallmark of this project and the heart of a good campus building.”

Client: “We wanted the building to accommodate a variety of user groups simultaneously and make a strong visual connection between its neighbors in Morningside Heights and the interior campus, and reflect, more symbolically, Barnard’s commitment to leadership in the liberal arts. The architects succeeded remarkably well and were very creative and helpful at critical stages of budget management.” —Lisa Gamsu, vice president, administration and capital planning, Barnard College
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