SCI-Arc Trustee Thom Mayne of the firm Morphosis has been selected to design the first academic building for Cornell University’s high-tech graduate school campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.
"After 500 years of conventional campus planning from Oxford to Palo Alto to Tsinghua, very much looking forward to the Roosevelt Island reappraisal," says SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss. "Right project for the right architect at the right time," adds Moss.
Mayne’s 150,000-square-foot building, expected to cost about $150 million, is part of a campus that will be developed over two decades. Cornell’s new campus will comprise more than two million square feet of building space at a cost of over $2 billion and will serve more than 2,000 students.
The building will get extra attention as the first part of an engineering and applied-science campus charged by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg with spurring New York City’s high-tech sector.
Read more in The New York Times feature CornellNYC Chooses Its Architect.