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185 W. Broadway, Tribeca, NYC


New York Law School

BKSK partnered with Washington, D.C.-based SmithGroupJJR to complete the first of a two-phased project that comprises 200,000 sf of new construction and 150,000 sf of renovations that results in a highly functional complex and an attractive new physical identity for New York Law School right in the urban heart of New York City.

Our design approach emphasized the principles of clarity and visibility. The new wing contains classrooms, offices for faculty, student spaces, and the law library, organized by a generous lounge/circulation space that runs along a 5-level, 200-foot glass façade. This transparent envelope displays a high degree of activity well into the evening, transforming the impression of the School “inside-out.”


Greater New York Construction User Council, Outstanding Project Award, 2010

Virginia Society AIA (submitted by SmithGroup), Award for Excellence in Architecture, 2010

Northern Virginia AIA (submitted by SmithGroup), Merit Award, Institutional Architecture, 2010


“University Buildings: Goodbye Ivory Tower,” Architecture DC (print), April 2010

“Top New York Projects of 2007,” New York Construction, June 2008

Pavarini McGovern – construction management; Thornton Tomasetti Group – structural; Mueser Rutledge – foundation and geo-tech engineer; Jaros Baum & Bolles – MEP


"BKSK and SmithGroup’s new 200,000 s.f. main academic building for the New York Law School was designed as a game-changing addition to their Lower Manhattan campus."