New York University School of Law, located on New York City’s Washington Square, is one of the nation’s premiere institutions for the study of law. As their need to expand to a larger, technologically sophisticated facility became apparent, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates was selected to design a new building to be named for Jay Furman, a School of Law alumnus, trustee, and benefactor. Connected by a below-street walkway to the School’s main academic building, Vanderbilt Hall, the 9-story Furman Hall provides an additional 171,000 square feet of space for classrooms, faculty offices, legal clinics, seminar rooms, moot courtrooms, a suite for the School’s Global Law Center, a student lounge and cafe, as well as faculty apartments.
Working closely with the building architect and the School of Law project team, the designers developed a comprehensive environmental graphics and wayfinding sign program that responds to specific requirements
of the new facility. The firm was also commissioned to design an extensive donor recognition program. The
building’s main rooms are dedicated to specific donors with etched bronze panels installed above each room’s main identification sign. Additionally, 4 large-scale donor walls located in the building’s main public areas
are comprised of multiple clear glass panels mounted with bronze brackets onto interior brick walls.
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New York University School of Law
New York, New York
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
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