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New residence built by students for students at Pratt

Students worked with CannonDesign and Hanrahan Meyers Architects on the new residence.

Pratt Institute has welcomed first-year and transfer students into the newest residence at Pratt Institute: Emerson Place Residence.

Located on Emerson Place between Myrtle and Willoughby avenues, the building was designed as a collaboration between CannonDesign, Hanrahan Meyers Architects, and the Institute.

Emerson Place Residence will present important opportunities for the social and intellectual development of students and promotes a culture of invention and collaboration critical to Pratt’s academic and societal mission.

“Pratt Institute is thrilled to welcome the next generation of artists and designers to Emerson Place Residence,” said Helen Matusow-Ayres, Vice President for Student Affairs at Pratt Institute. “

The one-of-a-kind building will offer students opportunities to connect and collaborate with each other, providing valuable communal experiences to the newest members of our Pratt family.”

Emerson Place Residence was designed with continuous input from Residence Life and Housing on a variety of facets of the building, including lighting, distributed singular bathrooms and shared student spaces. Emerson Place Residence features collaborative maker spaces for student work, open floor plans, and gender-neutral distributed hallway-based bathrooms.

The design of the spaces helps further Pratt’s pedagogical model of promoting interdisciplinary participation among students.

A vertical courtyard and natural light pathways throughout the building, which accentuate the communal lounges on each floor, will also help contribute to Pratt’s sense of community and exploration.

“Leading the collaborative development for Emerson Place Residence was a unique opportunity for us,” said Carisima Koenig, NYC Education Practice Leader, Visiting Assistant Professor in Graduate Architecture and Urban Design at Pratt, and Senior Vice President at CannonDesign.

“Our tailored approach to the design process ensured that student and faculty input was inclusive from the start. From the programming and planning to the building materials themselves, Emerson Place Residence was built to welcome Pratt’s newest incoming students.”

“Emerson Place Residence was specifically designed to integrate seamlessly into the fabric of Pratt’s community, Brooklyn and beyond,” said Thomas Hanrahan, former School of Architecture Dean at Pratt and Partner with Hanrahan Meyers Architects (hMa).

“Our mission was to support new Pratt students through an inclusive, open community that empowers them on their journey towards creative and professional excellence.”

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