The Relay Graduate School of Education, NYC’s first accredited graduate teaching school in 80 years, commissioned Method Design to design new teaching, administration, and operations spaces.
- Method Design Architecture + Urbanism, PLLC, Trahan Architects
- Nucor Construction Corp
- Icor Associates LLC, LSTN Acoustical Consultants, Lauf’s Engineering Design, DBI Projects
- Method Design, Amy Barkow
The studio’s proposal focused on analysis of Relay’s pedagogy and operations structure, and developed a planning strategy that recreates a full institution of higher learning ‘campus’ within the 40,000 sq ft space. This meant proposing a series of buildings within the building that operate as a student union, the teaching spaces, and student-administrative interface space.
Specifically, the team developed the teaching ‘building’ with a deep façade to recreate Socratic-style teaching where informal discussion and interaction amongst faculty and students is encouraged. The result is a space of diverse environments for study, learning, and working.
By manifesting pedagogy in the architecture, and planning of the facility, an emergent model for teaching, learning, and interacting is developed