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    Tishman Auditorium, Room U100

    University Center
    63 Fifth Avenue

    At 5,555 square feet, John L. Tishman Auditorium is the largest venue at the new University Center. It features modern bamboo walls, several stage configurations, including a fashion runway set up, and flexible seating, so that the upper seating area can be converted into two classrooms (rooms 201 and 202). It is a perfect venue for large lectures, conferences, workshops, film screenings, dance and musical performances, and fashion shows. John L. Tishman Auditorium is located on the first and second floors of the University Center at 63 Fifth Avenue. Tishman Auditorium seats 491 to 646 people, depending on the stage configuration. By adding the telescopic seating stored in rooms U201 to U202, on the second floor, the Auditorium can accommodate 812 people.

    A/V and Facilities: Multi-image projection, a main screen with a projection image of 15'-9" x 47'-0", surround sound system, theatrical lighting, video conferencing, and podium.

    Capacity: 812 people, seated.

    The Auditorium, room A106

    Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
    66 West 12th Street

    Designed and built in the 1930s by legendary architect Joseph Urban, the Auditorium is an impressive 468-seat venue with a proscenium-style stage. It was named one of the world's most powerful rooms by ABC News in 2014, thanks to the incredible roster of public figures and leaders who have spoken there. Adjacent to the Auditorium is a small green room and the main lobby, which is often used for event registration. It has a piano, a small balcony, and an LCD projector and screen. The Auditorium is located in Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall at 66 West 12th Street.

    A/V and Facilities

    Piano, LCD projector and screen, digital cinema projector (Christie Solaria One) with surround sound

    Capacity

    468 people, seated

    Kellen Auditorium

    Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, Room N101

    Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
    66 Fifth Avenue

    Kellen Auditorium is a modern, stylish lecture space with theater-style seating for 89 people. The 1,180-square-foot room features a sound-absorptive, graphically-treated rear bamboo wall and a slate-covered front wall that functions as a giant blackboard. It is used as a lecture hall and classroom, and is named after Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen, long time generous benefactors of the art community at Parsons The New School for Design. The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium is located in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, at 66 Fifth Avenue.

    A/V and Facilities: Sound-absorptive rear bamboo wall and slate-covered front wall that functions as blackboard, projector and projection screen.

    Capacity: 89 people, seated.

    Cafés and Cafeteria

    Event Café, UL103

    University Center
    63 Fifth Avenue

    The Event Café is an open-access café and performance space (not a private event space), located directly below the University Center’s main lobby. A remarkable, site-specific installation by the artist Glenn Ligon decorates the walls, and the space is best suited for informal presentations and performances. The Event Café can accommodate 52 people seated at tables, 74 people seated in rows, or 89 standing. It features a small platform stage with stage lighting, video monitor, podium, livestream capabilities, and mono stereo sound.

    A/V and Facilities

    Small stage, video monitor, A/V supported, 1-2 wireless lavalier microphones, up to 6 wired microphones, 1 podium microphone, audio feed, data port, mono stereo sound, stage lighting, MACR bluray; cable TV, laptop and bluray delivery.

    Capacity

    52 seated at tables, 74 seated in rows, 89 standing, 12 on stage.

    Stage Dimensions

    8 feet deep, 20 feet wide, 6 inches off the floor.

    Special Usage Requirements

    During term, dining services operate in the Event Café from Monday through Friday, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. Please note that when you reserve the Event Café during these hours, you are only reserving the stage. The space can only be reserved for private use outside of dining services' hours of operation. The space also serves as a passageway in the lower level, and cannot be closed off.

    Bernard and Irene Schwartz Commons

    University Center
    63 Fifth Avenue

    The Bernard and Irene Schwartz Commons Cafeteria can seat up to 226 people. It is set up with banquettes, counters, tables, and chairs, and also features a sound system and wireless microphones. This space's primary function is as a university dining hall. As such, it can only be booked for public events on special occasions.

    A/V and Facilities: Sound system.

    Capacity: 226 people, seated.

    Faculty and Staff Café, Room U700

    University Center
    63 Fifth Avenue

    This space can accommodate 80 people in a set up that includes 10 tables with 4 chairs each, and 31 stools at the counter. The Faculty and Staff Café is located on the seventh floor of the University Center at 63 Fifth Avenue.

    A/V and Facilities: No A/V capabilities. The space shares a wall with the library; therefore A/V cannot be used in this space.

    Capacity: 80 people, seated.

    Special Usage Requirements

    During term, the Café is reserved for faculty and staff use from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

    Lang Café, Room B100

    Eugene Lang Building
    65 West 11th Street

    Lang Café is a 1,228-square-foot open-plan gathering space that can accommodate up to 84 people. It has floor to ceiling windows on the north and south sides and is adjacent to the Vera List Courtyard. It is a popular common space used for receptions. Lang Café is located on the ground floor of the Eugene Lang Building, at 65 West 11th Street. During the academic year, this spaced is used as a university café until 4PM, after which it can be booked for events.

    A/V and Facilities: N/A

    Capacity: 84 people standing, up to 80 seated and 40 seated for dinner.

    Concert Halls and Theaters

    The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance Space

    Arnhold Hall
    55 West 13th Street

    The Performance Space seats 120 persons and is equipped with a raised stage and a separate sound room. Due to its flexible seating arrangement it is used for classes as well as concerts. The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance Space is located on the fifth floor of Arnhold Hall at 55 West 13th Street.

    A/V and Facilities: Sound room, lighting, projection.

    Capacity: 120 people, seated.

    The New School for Drama Theater

    Drama Building
    151 Bank Street

    The New School for Drama Theater is a 2,700-square-foot Proscenium-style theater. It seats 120 people and is equipped with a costume shop with access to washer/dryer, reconfigurable seating risers and chairs, and a Green Room and single dressing room. It is primarily used for University productions and can be booked during the summer months and certain nights during the school year. The adjacent 680-square-foot lobby is used for receptions. The New School for Drama Theater is located on the third floor of the Drama Building at 151 Bank Street.

    A/V and Facilities: Access to washer/dryer, reconfigurable seating risers and chairs, and single dressing room.

    Capacity: 120 people, seated.

    Conference and Meeting Rooms

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    Starr Foundation Hall, UL102

    University Center
    63 Fifth Avenue

    The Starr Foundation Hall is a 2114 sq. ft multi-purpose space with an open floor plan and a ceiling height of 10 ft. It is suited for lectures, conferences, film screenings, trade fairs, receptions, or any other event that benefits from a flexible space. It can accommodate 200 people standing, 160 seated lecture-style, 125 around rectangular tables, and 96 around round tables. The room includes 1 podium, a data port, mono stereo sound, and 2 retractable projection screens along the south wall. There is a large furniture storage closet along the east wall, and three AV/IT closets along the west wall.

    A/V and Facilities

    2 wireless lavalier microphones, 1 podium microphone, data port, film screenings, mono stereo sound, MACR bluray; cable TV, laptop and bluray delivery. 2 projection screens along south wall retract from the ceiling. No audio port for videography or outgoing livestream. No platform or stage.

    Capacity:

    200 people standing, 96 around round tables, 125 around rectangular tables, and 160 seated lecture-style.

    Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Room I202

    Arnhold Hall
    55 West 13th Street

    Lang Student Center is a 2,678-square-foot open-plan event space that can accommodate up to 200 people in a lecture/meeting-style setting and 120 for dinner. It has a movable wall that can convert the space into two smaller rooms. The larger section can hold up to 150 and the smaller section up to 50. The venue has a piano, three LCD projectors and projection screens, and three sets of windows facing south. Lang Student Center is located on the second floor of Arnhold Hall at 55 West 13th Street.

    A/V and Facilities: Three projection screens, three LCD projector, piano

    Capacity: 200 people in a lecture/meeting-style setting and 120 for dinner

    Dorothy Hirshon Suite, Room I205

    Arnhold Hall
    55 West 13th Street

    The Hirshon Suite is a bright, flexible space that can accommodate up to 40 people. While it is commonly used for small conferences and seminars, its proximity to the kitchen also makes it perfect for small receptions and dinners. It is likewise used in conjunction to the Theresa Lang Student and Community Center as a green room or staging area. The venue is named after Dorothy Hirshon, a former trustee of the New School for Social Research. The Hirshon Suite is located on the second floor of Arnhold Hall at 65 West 13th Street.

    A/V and Facilities: N/A

    Capacity: 40 people, seated.

    Wollman Hall, Room B500

    Eugene Lang Building
    65 West 11th Street

    Wollman Hall is an 1,850-square-foot open-plan, loft-like space with hardwood floors and and large windows along the north and south walls. It can accommodate up to 135 people standing, and seats 126 people. It is also a perfect venue for lectures, conferences, and receptions. Wollman Hall is located on the fifth floor of the Eugene Lang Building at 65 West 11th Street.

    A/V and Facilities: N/A

    Capacity: 135 people standing and 126 seated.

    Klein Conference Room, Room A510

    Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
    66 West 12th Street

    The Klein Conference Room is a flexible, 848-square-foot open-plan space that can accommodate up to 80 people for a reception or 60 people seated. It has hard wood floors and natural light from four windows, and is equipped with a projection screen and a LCD projector. It is used for conferences, lectures and receptions. The venue is named for Malcolm Klein, who was a master lithographer, Life Trustee, and honorary Board of Governors member at The New School for Public Engagement. Klein Conference Room is located on the fifth floor of the Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall building, at 66 West 12th Street.

    A/V and Facilities: Projection screen and a LCD projector.

    Capacity: Up to 80 people standing or 60 seated lecture-style, 40 seated for dinner.

    Wolff Conference Room, D1103

    Albert and Vera List Academic Center
    6 East 16th Street

    This room is a flexible space that can accommodate up to 68 people in a lecture style configuration. It has a computer, blackboard, podium, projection screen and a LCD projector. It is named after former New School professor Ernst Wolff and features contemporary art work by Sol LeWitt. The venue is used for conferences and workshops. Wolff Conference Room is located on the eleventh floor of Albert and Vera List Academic Center at 6 East 16th Street.

    A/V and Facilities

    Computer, podium, projection screen and LCD projector.

    Capacity

    68 people in a lecture style configuration.

    Orientation Room/Bark Room, M101

    Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
    2 West 13th Street

    The 570-square-foot Bark Room seats up to 35 people and is equipped with a podium, an LCD screen and computer. It is used for meetings, information sessions, panel discussions lectures, and symposiums. Bark Room is located on the first floor of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at 2 West 13th Street.

    A/V and Facilities: Podium, an LCD screen and computer.

    Capacity: 35 people, seated.

    Orozco Room, A712

    Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
    66 West 12th Street

    The Orozco Room features murals painted by José Clemente Orozco (1883-1949), a leading member of the Mexican muralist public art movement, along with Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Inaugurated on January 19, 1931, the five socially-themed New School frescoes illustrate the concept of the "Delphic Circle," or universal brotherhood, and they are the only permanent, public examples of this Mexican art form in New York City.

    The room can seat up to 40 people lecture style and 30 people with table set up and it is equipped with a projector and projection screen. Originally used as a public dining room and student lounge, today the Orozco Room is used for lectures, conferences, classes and special events. The Orozco Room is located on the seventh floor of Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall at 66 West 12th Street.

    A/V and Facilities: Projector and projection screen.

    Capacity: 40 people seated lecture-style and 30 with table set up.

    Lecture Halls and Classrooms

    UL104

    University Center
    63 Fifth Avenue

    UL104 is a small lecture theater in the style of Tishman auditorium, with bamboo walls and excellent A/V capabilities. These include a podium, data port, stereo surround sound, MACR bluray, a projection screen, LCD, and blackboard. UL104 has fixed seating for 121 people; 4 seats in the back can be removed for handicap access.

    A/V and Facilities: 1-2 wireless lavalier microphones, 1 podium microphone, data port, stereo surround sound no subwoofer, MACR bluray; cable TV, laptop and bluray delivery, projection screen, LCD, A/V supported, whiteboard. No audio output for videography or outgoing livestream.

    Capacity: Fixed seating for 121 people; 4 seats in the back can be removed for handicap access.

    The Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall/Hoerle Lecture Hall, UL105

    University Center
    63 Fifth Avenue

    The Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall is a small lecture theater in the style of Tishman auditorium, with bamboo walls and excellent A/V capabilities. These include a podium, data port, stereo surround sound, MACR bluray, a projection screen, LCD, and blackboard. UL105 has fixed seating for 121 people; 4 seats in the back can be removed for handicap access.

    A/V and Facilities: 1-2 wireless lavalier mics, 1 podium microphone, data port, stereo surround sound no subwoofer, MACR bluray; cable TV, laptop and bluray delivery, projection screen, LCD, AV supported, blackboard. No audio output for videography or outgoing livestream.

    Capacity: Fixed seating for 121 people; 4 seats in the back can be removed for handicap access.

    Amphitheater, Room A404

    Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
    66 West 12th Street

    Room A404 is a large lecturehall with theater-style seating for 145 people. The room is equipped with a podium, blackboard, LCD projector and projection screen. It is used as a lecture venue. Room A404 is located on the fourth floor of Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall at 66 West 12th Street.

    A/V and Facilities: Podium, blackboard, LCD projector and projection screen.

    Capacity: 145 people, seated.

    Amphitheater, Room A407

    Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
    66 West 12th Street

    Room A407 is a large lecture hall with theater-style seating for 131 people. The room is equipped with a podium, blackboard, LCD projector and projection screen. It is used as a lecture venue. Room A407 is located on the fourth floor of Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall at 66 West 12th Street.

    A/V and Facilities: Podium, blackboard, LCD projector and projection screen.

    Capacity: 131 people, seated.

    Distance Learning Room, U304

    University Center
    63 Fifth Avenue

    This space can seat 44 people in a semi-fixed seating set up (with fixed tables and stackable chairs). It features three 65" HD LCD screens, 24 push-to-talk microphones, video conferencing, and lecture recording facilities, making it perfect for long-distance video conferences and classes. The Distance Learning Room is located on the third floor of the University Center at 63 Fifth Avenue.

    A/V and Facilities: Three 65" HD LCD screens, 24 push-to-talk microphones, video conferencing, and lecture recording facilities.

    Capacity: 44 people, seated.

    Room D1009

    Albert and Vera List Academic Center
    6 East 16th Street

    With a theater-style fixed seating set up, this 848-square-foot space can accommodate up to 66 persons and is equipped with an LCD screen, computer, projector and projection screen. It is commonly used for lectures and conferences. Room D1009 is located on the tenth floor of the Albert and Vera List Academic Center at 6 East 16th Street.

    A/V and Facilities: Computer, projector and projection screen.

    Capacity: 66 people, seated.

    Rooms U201 and U202 - Upper level of Tishman Auditorium

    University Center
    63 Fifth Avenue

    These two rooms are located at the upper level of Tishman Auditorium and are separated from the Auditorium by a retractable air wall. When the air wall is pulled back and the telescopic seating housed within is deployed, the rooms can be merged with the auditorium. When air wall is in place, they serve as two classrooms with capacity for 30 people each. They can also be combined in order to seat 80 people for dining and 160 people standing. The rooms are equipped with HD LCD projection, lecture recording facilities, and speakers. They are used for small lectures, workshops, conferences, or for film screenings as part of the auditorium. Rooms U201 and U202 are located on the second floor of the University Center at 63 Fifth Avenue.

    A/V and Facilities: HD LCD projection, lecture recording facilities, and speakers.

    Capacity: 30 people each when used separately. When combined, 80 people seated and 160 standing.

    Lobbies, Landings and Courtyards

    Sheila C. Johnson Design Center Lobby

    Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
    2 West 13th Street

    The 397-square-foot lobby space at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center is intended as a pass-through area, and occasionally used for exhibitions. Use of the lobby for event registration, tabling, or other event purposes is by special permission only. The lobby is located at 2 West 13th Street.

    A/V and Facilities: This space can be used for events with special permission only.

    Capacity: This space can be used for events with special permission only.

    Albert and Vera List Academic Center Lobby

    Albert and Vera List Academic Center
    6 East 16th Street

    This space, located in the lower level of the Albert and Vera List Academic Center, is a lounge area that can accommodate up to 75 people and allows for table set ups. It is used for informal gatherings as well as small receptions and similar activities, by special permission only. The lobby in the Albert and Vera List Academic Center is located at 6 East 16th Street.

    A/V and Facilities: This space can be used under special permission only.

    Capacity: 75 people standing.

    University Center Lobby

    University Center
    63 Fifth Avenue

    This lobby space of the University center is a pass-through space. Use of the lobby for event registration tabling or other event purposes is by special permission only. The Academic Lobby is located on the first floor of the University Center, at 63 Fifth Avenue.

    A/V and Facilities: Sound-absorptive rear bamboo wall and slate-covered front wall that functions as blackboard.

    Capacity: N/A

    Vera List Courtyard

    Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
    66 West 12th Street

    The Vera List Courtyard is an outdoor, 4,902-square-foot gathering space that links Arnhold Hall and Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall. With its sculptured walkways and subtle landscaping can accommodate up to 80 people. Itis a perfect for small outdoor receptions, performances or ceremonies. The space is named in honor of the late philanthropist and supporter of the New School, Vera List, and is designed by Michael Van Valkenburg Associates Inc. The Vera List Courtyard received a 1998 ASLA Design Merit Award. The Vera List Courtyard is located in the Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall building at 66 West 12th Street.

    A/V and Facilities: N/A

    Capacity: 80 people, standing