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New York City Master Plan

Master Plan Process

In December 2015, Pace engaged the renowned architectural firm of FXFOWLE to develop the New York City Master Plan. A team of architects led by Sylvia Smith, AIA, engaged in a immersive and comprehensive process to learn about our students, our campus, and our community. The master planning process followed three general phases:

  • Immersion: FXFOWLE investigated the campus and the buildings in question, integrating available building documentation and other data collection, and experienced many campus activities. The team interacted with the administration, faculty, students, staff, and regularly met with the Working Committee. Through these activities, FXFOWLE began to understand the physical parameters and cultural nuances of Pace.
  • Exploration: FXFOWLE outlined a spatial program and tested competing priorities, critical synergies, and opportunities for overlapping functionality. Engaged in active dialogue with stakeholders and the Working Group, FXFOWLE explored creative planning approaches that balanced vision with budgetary constraints.
  • Synthesis: FXFOWLE defined space needs and explored expansion and consolidation concepts that would improve adjacencies, create synergies, and give form to the goals of the Strategic Plan. The team vetted options, prioritized alternatives, and refined choices into viable phased projects that balanced vision with the constraints of projected construction costs, scheduling, and logistics.

FXFOWLE approached their work under the guiding principles of connecting Pace students to light and air, to the city, streets, and views, and to each other.


Construction Process