The latest from Marble Fairbanks


January 19, 2018

We are proud to announce that Karen will be honored at this year’s Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation Leadership Awards Gala. The Oculus Award is given to an individual who demonstrates significant leadership in teaching and research, enhancing and furthering understanding of gender issues in architecture and related fields. Please visit to find tickets and learn more about the great work of The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.

Congratulations to Karen and the other honorees!


October 27, 2017

Brooklyn Public Library hosted the official groundbreaking ceremony for Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center on Monday, October 23rd. In addition to Brooklyn Public Library’s President and project team, New York City and State officials, and representatives from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, we were also joined by students from P.S. 34 Green Stem club. See more photos from the event on our Facebook page or read more about the ceremony in the articles listed below:

New York YIMBY

Brooklyn Daily Eagle


Curbed New York



October 18, 2017

Demolition of Brooklyn Public Library’s Greenpoint Library is complete! The official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center will take place on October 23rd at 3pm.

Join us this Monday at 107 Norman Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to celebrate the beginning of construction with Brooklyn Public Library, Assemblyman Joe Lentol, and representatives from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.


October 16, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture‘s official ribbon-cutting ceremony took place this morning, October 16th, in the newly renovated main reading room.

Designed through NYC DDC’s Excellence Program, this project spans three connected buildings at the Schomburg Center: the Schomburg Building, Langston Hughes Building, and Landmark Building. Work undertaken consists of exterior and interior renovations throughout the Schomburg Center including historic preservation and renovation work of the Landmark Building by McKim, Mead & White and an addition to the Schomburg Building. Additions include the gift shop and conference room as well as interior renovations to multiple research divisions and gallery spaces.

See more photos of the project on Curbed New York.


October 12, 2017

Congratulations to Barnard + Columbia Architecture Department Alumnus and former faculty member, Damon Rich, and SCAPE Studio founder, Kate Orff, on receiving 2017 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships!

Damon Rich is the first of Karen Fairbanks’ Department alumni to receive this honor, which is awarded annually to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits.”

Kate Orff is the first Landscape Architect to be awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. Her firm, SCAPE Studio, designed the new Greenpoint Library‘s two rooftop gardens and street-level landscape, the award-winning plaza at Glen Oaks Branch Library, and the recently renovated streetscape at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.


image credit: The 2017 MacArthur “genius” grant recipients. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


October 5, 2017

Our recent renovation of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of fifteen sites presented as part of Open House New York‘s Celebrating Civic Excellence series with the NYC Department of Design and Construction. Visit the Schomburg Center on Saturday, October 14th during Open Access hours or sign up for a tour by one of our designers.


About the 15th anniversary Open House New York Weekend – October 14 and 15, 2017

For two days each October, Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors to New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. From colonial to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances and other special events taking place over the course of the weekend. Through the unparalleled access that it enables, OHNY Weekend deepens our understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design to fostering a more vibrant civic life and helps catalyze a citywide conversation about how to build a better New York. For more information, visit


July 13, 2017

Marble Fairbanks is pleased to announce two new leadership positions: Design Director and Organization Director.


Nicholas Desbiens AIA, LEED AP

Nicholas Desbiens, Design Director, joined Marble Fairbanks in 2016, bringing expertise in the integration and customization of digital tools into the design process. As Design Director, Nick ensures that the highest quality of design is realized at all scales of a project – from concept through detailing and construction – and that each project addresses the unique needs of our clients. His work at Marble Fairbanks includes leading the design team for The Women’s Building and the award-winning Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center, as well as current projects for Part of the Solution in the Bronx and the Center for Academic Success at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.
You can contact Nick directly at

Jason Roberts AIA

Jason Roberts, Organization Director, has been a key member of the Marble Fairbanks team since 2012. He has managed projects for clients at Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, Hunter College, Lawrence University, Parsons School of Design, among others, and plays a key role in our development of customized parametric planning techniques best demonstrated in our work for Re-envisioning Branch Libraries. As Organization Director, Jason manages the office building and construction standards, making sure all the key technical criteria and goals are met in the development of a project. He interfaces with the full project team, communicating with consultants, contractors, and clients to deliver design excellence.
Please reach out to Jason at


May 11, 2017

Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center received a Design Award from the City of New York. All winners will be honored tonight at the 35th Annual Awards for Excellence by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Read the official press release here.

The new Greenpoint Library for Brooklyn Public Library replaces an existing, outdated one-story library, providing significantly enlarged indoor and outdoor space to house everyday library use and programming for the exploration of the environment. The project is expected to open in 2018. See all the updated renderings and plans on our website here.


March 3, 2017

Scott will be participating in events throughout Georgia Tech School of Architecture‘s one day Ventulett Symposium, Origination in Design & Collaboration: Practice & Pedagogy.

From the program: “This “Origination” Symposium and Exhibition of the Ventulett Studio Work : Nine Cities : 2012 to 2017, seeks to provide a platform whereby Architects, Team Builders and Academics can share their insight and stories, around the locus of inception of great architectural work, as achieved in practice and reflected in pedagogy.

The symposium will take place on March 11th; RSVP here


February 28, 2017

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Karen spoke to Barnard College about why she decided to pursue architecture. Read the interview here.

Karen was honored as the Claire Tow Professor of Professional Practice in Architecture at Barnard earlier this academic year. She is one of 12 endowed chairs generously supported by the Tow Foundation.


October 24, 2016

Marble Fairbanks has been selected for the GSA National IDIQ program focused on innovative workplace design for federal agencies around the country. This initiative is part of the GSA Total Workplace Program to design for the next generation workforce that is more flexible, collaborative, and mobile. Marble Fairbanks is one of twelve firms nationwide selected for projects as part of this program.


September 15, 2016

Karen will be participating in the panel discussion “Where are Libraries Headed?” presented by Brooklyn Public Library and the Architectural League of New York at the Brooklyn Book Festival.
The event is this Sunday, 11am, at the Brooklyn Historical Society. It is free and open to the public, so we hope to see you there!

Thanks, The Brooklyn Paper, for highlighting the event!

Event details can be found here.