Relay Graduate School of Education
The Relay Graduate School of Education – NYC’s first accredited graduate teaching school in 80 years commissioned Method to design new Operations and Classroom space. The studio’s proposal focused on analysis of Relay’s pedagogy and operations structure and developed a planning strategy that treated all constituents–including administration, finance, operations, faculty and students – as functional groups. These functional groups were assigned loosely defined ‘territories’ with advantageous proximity to related functional groups. A combination of flexible meeting space and functional islands of shared program expressed as material environments achieved the ‘setup,’ without creating overly prescribed space. The result is an architecture of social interaction, a ‘mini-urbanism’ of spatial types and material environments. Since this initial project, Method has worked to design Relay’s new 40,000 sqft facility in Lower Manhattan. This included real estate walk through’s, lease negotiation and work letter participation, building assessment where Method’s findings significantly improved Relay’s negotiating positions with respect to our findings, and ultimately the design of the new facility. The work is currently ongoing and scheduled to be ready for Fall 2019 semester.
Location: New York, NY
Scope of work: Interior Construction
Architect of record/ design architects: Demetrios A. Comodromos, Reese J Campbell, Angela Rocchi, Katelyn Rauth
Consultants: LSTN Consultants (Acoustician), ICOR Consultants (MEP)
Builder: Nucor Construction Corp.