Barnard College – Teaching and Learning Center

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Located at the heart of campus, Barnard College’s new teaching and learning center will become a hub of academic and intellectual life. The 132,000-square-foot interdisciplinary building brings students and faculty together distinctively, facilitating collaborations and fostering dialogue.

The teaching and learning center’s program of diversified yet synergistic resources culminate in a celebrated new library. The library celebrates Barnard’s collections, expands user seating and archival storage, and supports new modes of learning through state-of-the-art multimedia labs and learning spaces. As the campus’s scholarly center, the library also will link departments and disciplines, physically and philosophically. To that effect, the library connects to two signature programs: the digital commons will host a range of teaching labs and flexible learning spaces that utilize new media and digital technologies, while a computational science center will support mathematics and computational research.

The project also includes expanded conference facilities, interdisciplinary workspace for four academic departments, and a new home of the distinguished Athena Center for Leadership Studies and the Barnard Center for Research on Women.

The new building’s design is a bespoke response to its unique position overlooking Lehman Lawn. The building’s massing is tailored to this beloved site through terracing that functions dually — inviting sunlight to the campus lawn while being a respectful neighbor to its community. The terraces extend the lawn onto the building to create inviting outdoor spaces, as well.

Like Barnard College itself, the teaching and learning center will be a distinctive place of community, collaboration and connections. Physically embodying a culture of intellectual collaboration and interdisciplinary interchange, it will create cross-departmental ties, stimulate global connections, inspire students, and foster bonds between students and faculty. This transformative building will prepare Barnard College for another 125 years of service to women of intellect, ambition, and vision.