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Search launched to find architects to design new Women’s Building

A global search has been launched to find the architects who will transform the former Bayview women’s prison in New York into The Women’s Building, a home for the girls’ and women’s rights movement.

The NoVo Foundation and Goren Group have launched The Women’s Building International Design Competition, inviting Request for Qualifications from architects interested in the project.

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The former prison is to become The Women’s Building

Minority and women architects are being encouraged to apply for the chance to design The Women’s Building, which will serve as a hub for social justice leaders working to ensure that all women and girls can live free from violence, poverty, and discrimination.

More than a just a work place, it will be a vertical neighborhood, designed to foster serendipitous interactions, build partnerships, create networks, and grow sustainable solutions.

The final program for the building will be developed in consultation with the girls’ and women’s rights community.

Goren Group, a woman-owned and operated real estate development and investment company, will be developing the property on behalf of NoVo Foundation.

The building was originally designed in 1931 as a YMCA for merchant sailors and is characterized by its distinctive masonry work, terra cotta detailing, and nautical references.

Goren Group and the design team will work closely with New York’s State Historic Preservation Office to preserve and restore historical elements of the building.

The Women’s Building International Design Competition will be a two-stage competition. The first stage is an open Request for Qualifications from architects.

From the submitted qualifications, a Selection Committee composed of leading architects, members of the girls’ and women’s rights movement and other industry professionals will review initial submissions and recommend a limited number of finalists.

These finalists will be invited to submit a conceptual design proposal for the building, based on a preliminary program provided by NoVo Foundation and Goren Group

Finalists will receive a stipend for their work in the second stage of the competition. The competition winner will be announced in June of 2016. For more information, visit

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