Toni Stabile Student Center

Graduate School of Journalism

This project is an alternative configuration for the public spaces of the Graduate School of Journalism and an addition to the building that sensitively responds to the McKim, Mead & White context.

Included in the project are spaces for the Journalism Library, the offices of the Columbia Journalism Review, assorted faculty and administrative offices, and classroom space. Central to the proposal is the introduction of several new spaces to serve as a social and intellectual center for the School: a multipurpose social hub for student-faculty interaction as well as larger meetings with visitors to the school, and a more informal student lounge space and cafe.


The social hub accommodates a diverse range of programs: study space for students in between classes, meeting space for students and faculty, informal presentation space for visitors from the journalism industry, and other such communal event spaces for the Journalism School. The cafe is intended to be a louder, more informal space for the School’s students, complete with plasma screens and LED signage that will broadcast the news to patrons. Its site at the formerly outdoor space between Journalism and Furnald allows it to engage the campus environment while also remaining within the School of Journalism. A transparent glass structure is proposed to give the School a more active presence on its entry plaza.


New York, NY


Columbia University




10,000 sqft

MFA Design Team

Scott Marble, Karen Fairbanks, Adam Marcus, Mallory Shure, Eric Ng, Stacey Murphy, Robert Booth, Darren Zhou, Katie Shima

MEP Engineers

Plus Group PLLC

Structural Engineer

Robert Silman Associates P.C.

Facade Consultant


Lighting Designer

Richard Shaver Architectural Lighting

Graphic Design

Thumb Projects

Fabrication Consultant

Proxy Studio

Geometry Development

Stevens Institute (Will Corcoran, Oleg Byashirov, Jonatan Schumacher)


Annual Design Review Award

Architect Magazine

Design Honor Award

AIA New York

Design Citation

AIA New York


Jongseo Kim; Marble Fairbanks