Institute of Audio Research

academic interior, phased renovations


Founded in 1969, the Institute for Audio Research (IAR) is a music and recording arts school located south of Union Square on University Place. Financial constraints and the rapid evolution of recording technology and electronic music had left the school with substandard facilities which jeopardized their accreditation. Because of the school’s non-traditional schedule of classes and semesters, renovations were planned in multiple phases to minimize disruption to the school.

Renovations included a new school entrance and lobby, smart classrooms, corridors, administrative areas, lab spaces, student lounge, library, financial aid, admissions and deans offices. In our designs for the project, we drew inspiration from the students’ interactive digital musical performances as well as digital and analog recording technologies.



project academic interior renovation location New York, NY size 19,500sf client Institute for Audio Research scope of services planning, design, construction completion 2007


see also:

Baker Theater Building

Black Box Incubator

Welcome Center and Student Commons