Department of English Building

This project for New York University’s Department of English includes the complete renovation of an 8-story building near Washington Square Park.

The building houses faculty offices and administrative spaces for the department, as well as some shared meeting spaces. The first floor of the building is visually open to the street and provides a significant new space for departmental events. This new event space has a custom designed ceiling of expanded metal panels; their ephemeral effect is to lightly mask the existing infrastructure while accommodating lights in a pattern that flows across the space. Felt surfaces and an emphasis on shared light create continuity throughout the floors. The walls of faculty offices are translucent glass along the circulation spaces in order to share light from the perimeter to the interiors. Book shelves located behind the glass creates a pattern of faculty book collections seen in silhouette from the public spaces.


New York, NY


New York University



MFA Design Team

Scott Marble, Karen Fairbanks, Annie Suratt, Jason Roberts, Benjamin Hait

MEP Engineers

Thomas Polise Consulting Engineer

Structural Engineer

Robert Silman Associates P.C.

Civil Engineers

Langan Engineering and Environmental Services

Lighting Designer

Richard Shaver Architectural Lighting

Acoustics / AV/IT / Security

The Sextant Group

LEED Consultant



Eduard Hueber / Arch Photo, Inc.