Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall

Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall

Columbia University, New York, NY
2,750 sq ft
Completed 2017

For this important auditorium at Columbia University's School of Journalism, LTL developed a design with a dual personality. To accommodate the broad range of functions required, from classes to film screenings, the plan is open to multiple reconfigurations via a series of mobile furniture components. The space is defined by a patterned dark wood floor that reflects traces of the room's original coffered ceiling and beam work. By contrast, the renovated ceiling is highly articulated; developed as a contour of performance, with custom panels that provide for lighting, speakers, and acoustics. The shape of the ceiling is adjusted to allow for views to the monumental windows and extends to surface the mezzanine at the back of the space, referencing the form of classical coffers while adapting to contemporary requirements.

Project team: Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, David Lewis; Michael Schissel, Sonia Flamberg, Ivan Farr
Lighting: Buro Happold
Structural: Silman
MEP: Loring Engineering
Acoustics: Sextant Group
AV: edu tek ltd.
Cost Estimating: Faithful + Gould
Code: J. Callahan Consulting, Inc.
Fabrication: SITU