Barbara Walters Campus Center

Sarah Lawrence College


Barbara Walters Campus Center

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville, NY

34,500 SF

the opportunity

Situated at the heart of the Sarah Lawrence College campus, the Barbara Walters Campus Center (BWCC) creates a dynamic new hub of student life and campus community. The "living room" of campus, the BWCC provides a communal space the campus lacked�one with a variety of flexible spaces for conversation, collaboration, celebration, and breaking bread. Informed by visioning sessions with the extended campus community, the design is both fully tailored to specific current needs and equipped to flexibly adapt to those of the future.

our approach

The schematic design maximizes the site, creating an inviting front yard, small terraces, and courtyards extending the program outward. The building is woven into the fabric of the site, its layout designed to carefully preserve the contours of the land, hills, indigenous rock formations, and trees. Paths weave pedestrians through the site and building, creating connection to programs in the BWCC and surrounding buildings.

Our Process


Meeting spaces, dining facilities, atrium, multipurpose spaces, student specialty spaces, informal lounge space, student activities offices and workspace, gallery, support spaces, Barbara Walters Gallery and Archives


Facility Design Award, ACUI

Merit Award, ENR New York