Harriman Institute

School of International and Public Affairs

The Harriman Institute is one of many regional studies institutes housed in SIPA, the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

This project consisted of the transformation of existing offices and service spaces into reception, gallery, lounge, and meeting spaces while accommodating an enormous demand for storage. The open lounge can be used for informal discussions among Fellows of the Institute, by students waiting to meet with faculty, and for large screenings or other public events. The walls of the perimeter offices were transformed into a surface for display with an integrated custom display system. Materials were selected to take advantage of the multiple orientations of the building, allowing daylight to move into the central space through white and blue glass clerestories.


New York, NY


Columbia University




4,000 sqft


Columbia University Department of Design and Construction; The Harriman Institute, School of International and Public Affairs, Cathy Nepomnyashchy, Director

MFA Design Team

Scott Marble, Karen Fairbanks, Jake Nishimura, Stacy Jacovini

General Contractor

Ideal Interiors