Columbia Business School



Columbia Business School's new home will span approximately 492,000 square feet across two buildings and will reflect the fast-paced, high-tech and highly social character of business in the 21st century. The two new facilities will create multifunctional spaces that foster a sense of community—spaces where students, faculty, alumni and practitioners can gather to exchange ideas. Between the two buildings will be the largest planned open area in phase 1 of construction—an approximately 40,000-square-foot area known as The Square.

The designs include spaces that encourage the development of social intelligence skills and collaboration across disciplines, flexible classroom space with the latest technology, dedicated spaces for recruiting, events and networking and an alumni welcome center. Recognizing that creativity, innovation and communication—skills often nurtured in informal environments—are as important to contemporary business school pedagogy as the traditional, quantitative skills best taught in a classroom, the building’s internal spaces are organized around two distinct networks that foster informal interaction between the student and faculty of the school. Each network is a combination of circulation routes, lounge spaces, dining facilities and study rooms that facilitate planned and unplanned interaction 24 hours a day.

Where these networks meet the landscape at the street-level urban layer, major public spaces are established: in one building, a two-story, urban-scale living room, and in the other, a terraced interior space that doubles as a 300-seat large conference space.

  • View of the Commons at the Henry R. Kravis Building
  • View of the Forum at the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Business Innovation
  • Student network
  • Student network
Project information
Size (GSF)492000LocationNew York, United States
groundbreaking2016Commission2011Topping Out Building 1June 2019
Expected Completion 2022
Partner-In-ChargeCharles Renfro
PartnersElizabeth Diller,Ricardo Scofidio,and Benjamin Gilmartin
Project DirectorsAlberto Cavallero and Miles Nelligan
Project ArchitectsChris Andreacola and Sean Gallagher
Design TeamRyan Neiheiser,Erica Goetz,Travis Fitch,Mark Gettys,Jess Austin,Amber Foo,Emily Vo Nguyen,Olen Milholland,Oskar Arnorsson,Mian Ye,Sabri Farouki,Patrick Ngo,Ebbie Wisecarver,and Quy Le
External credits
Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXCollaborativeArchitects
ArupStructure and Exterior Envelope
Buro HappoldMEP
Dharam ConsultingCost Consulting
Tillotson Design AssociatesLighting Design
Cerami & AssociatesAcoustics
Romano GatlandFood Services
Van Deusen and AssociatesVertical Transportation
The Clarient GroupIT / AV
DVS Security Consulting and EngineeringSecurity
Stantec ConsultantsCivil Engineering
PentagramGraphics and Wayfinding
Aaris Design StudiosAssociate Architect
    Photography by Timothy Schenck and DBOX