Thomson Architects PC Designs World Class Journalism School with Converged Newsroom for CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

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Thomson Architects PC designed a world-class facility for the City University of New York (CUNY)'s newly opened Graduate School of Journalism, at 230 West 41st Street in New York City.

We eliminated walls and boundaries in the Newsroom. There's complete flexibility. Journalists can easily collaborate on a breaking story.

Thomson Architects PC designed a world-class facility for the City University of New York (CUNY)'s newly opened Graduate School of Journalism, at 230 West 41st Street in New York City. The school, located on the third and fourth floors of the former Herald Tribune building, consists of new classrooms, meeting spaces, broadcast studios, editing rooms, faculty and administrative offices, as well as a state-of-the-art converged Newsroom. Led by principal architect, Stephen Thomson, Thomson Architects PC created all architectural, interior and graphic designs required for the new CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

The Newsroom was designed to support the creation, collaboration and delivery of multi-media news, including print, television, radio, the Web and blogs, from a single location. Its open design and large freestanding media wall allow for the configuration of teams organized around a particular story, and for all team members to easily stay abreast of its developments.

"The facility that Thomson Architects created allows us to teach our students in a converged news environment, which is to say, a real world environment," said Stephen B. Shepard, Dean and Professor of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

"We wanted to create an environment based on the principle that journalism requires openness and transparency," Mr. Thomson explains. "We eliminated walls and boundaries in the Newsroom. There's complete flexibility. Journalists can easily collaborate on a breaking story."

A Fast Track Project

Thomson Architects had less than two years to complete all phases of the project, from programming to design. Mr. Thomson and his associates walked the former Herald Tribune space for the first time on September 22, 2004; the Chancellor of CUNY set the opening the school for the Fall semester, 2006.

To meet these scheduling challenges and still deliver a world-class facility, Thomson Architects PC, along with Dean Shepard, began touring leading journalism schools around the country. Additionally, as CUNY began hiring new faculty, Mr. Thomson met with them to discuss their teaching techniques in an effort to uncover their classroom needs.

"What we heard is that every classroom, every meeting space had to be flexible, not just the Newsroom. And while the entire space needed to be wired, technology wouldn't be the school's main focus. The craft of writing is," he said.

Visitors may view the facility by appointment. Interested members of the press may contact Glenn Robinson by phone at 212-730-0190 x 15 to set up an appointment.

In addition to Thomson Architects, the following firms contributed to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism:

Structural Engineering: Anthony M. Giudice Consulting Engineers

Mechanical/Electrical Engineering: Concessi Engineering PC

Audiovisual, Acoustical, and Technical: Harvey Marshall Berling Associates

Lighting Design: Hayden McKay Lighting Design

Identity Strategist/Signage: Arthur O. King Consulting

Exhibit Fabrication Design: Exhibitology

Construction Contractor: John Gallin & Son

About Thomson Architects PC

Since 1988 Thomson Architects PC has provided a complete range of professional architectural services for commercial, educational, cultural and residential clients. Services include, planning and programming, design, research and development and project management. Thomson Architects PC is a leading innovator of sustainable design, emphasizing healthy environments, minimizing recurring costs, and increasing efficiency. Clients include: City University of New York, Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, New York Public Library, and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.

About CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is a unique asset for aspiring journalists in New York City. Prior to now, New York lacked an affordable graduate program for journalism, an unfortunate situation given the city's unique role in the field. To address this need CUNY sought to establish a world-class graduate program within the CUNY system. The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism began classes in its new facility on September 2006. Currently, there are 54 fulltime students. The goal is to reach 150 within the next three to four years.

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