XL Learning Spaces

Analysis and Renovations, Hunter College


This project analyzes the configuration of large learning spaces to determine the most effective way to address new educational pedagogies while balancing the need to accommodate a burgeoning student population.  As a vertical urban campus, few existing spaces at Hunter have the rake appropriate for typical large class configurations.  Configurations for spaces with and without rakes were studied.  Our analysis identified five large learning spaces to improve and the College plans renovate one space each summer over the next five years. 

Phase one renovations for the Senate Auditorium were completed over the summer of 2014.  This 322-seat auditorium is the largest of its kind on campus.  It facilitates classes as well as meetings for the College Senate.  Renovations included state-of-the-art video conferencing, new audio visual equipment, acoustic improvements, new LED lighting with centralized controls, new finishes and upholstered auditorium seating.  The second phase of renovations, completed over the summer of 2015 included a comparable scope of improvements for Auditorium 615 with 300 seats.

Scheduled to commence in the summer of 2016, the third phase of renovations will include a more ambitious scope of work.  The Black Box Mediaspace and Auditorium will be a multi-functional state-of-the art digital media resource, performance and instructional space for Hunter College.

Two existing adjacent spaces serve as an auditorium and black box.  Originally, these rooms were gymnasium space with double-height ceilings.  In subsequent years, the College subdivided this space into two separate facilities.  In their 2016 renovation and reconfiguration, the rooms will be separated by a vertically folding acoustic partition which will open to allow the adjacent spaces to function as a single 270-seat performance venue.


project academic interior renovation location New York, NY client CUNY Hunter College scope of services planning, architectural design, lighting design, IT design completion 2014 (phase one), 2015 (phase two)


see also:

Black box Incubator

Zabar Art Library and Screening Room

Baker Theatre Building