Image courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Photo courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Architects & Design

The building at 2 Court Square was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (, the architects responsible for Furman Hall at New York University's School of Law; the University of Washington Law School and library; the Miami School of Law; the New Academic Complex at Baruch College; and the Advanced Science Research Center at City College, among others.

The building was originally designed as an educational and training facility, so it is replete with classrooms, smart technology, study areas, and useful furniture. The additional space (69,000 square feet) that this site affords the Law School will be devoted to the core academic and social justice agenda of the Law School — enhancing the faculty's ability to deliver an excellent program and students' ability to learn the theory and practice of progressive lawyering.

Although the second through the sixth floors of the site were built and fully furnished when the Law School took ownership of the space, the first floor is unfinished and empty. The initial remodeling of the site focused on building out the first floor. The CUNY Law Building Committee, which includes students, faculty, and staff members, collaborated with the CUNY Office of Facilities Planning, Construction and Management and the architects to facilitate the design of the first floor and the modest renovations of the second through the sixth floors.