St. John’s University, Writing Center

Queens, New York

  • FIRM

    Perkins and Will


    St. John`s University

  • AREA

    5,000 sq.ft.





The Writing Center at St. John’s University brings together students and faculty in a dedicated facility on the first floor of the university library in St. Augustine Hall. The renovated space places the facilities at the historic heart of the campus.

The Writing Center is the centerpiece of the university’s Institute for Writing Studies, an endowed program ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$127.17CITATIONRenovation/Modernization CitationFEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation new and expanded writing centers on the Queens and Staten Island campuses, a new first-year writing program and a new Writing Across the Curriculum program.

The center was designed to facilitate collaboration and interaction among these programs and their staffs, assist university faculty in the teaching of writing, and promote a variety of student writing initiatives. As such, the institute serves as the nexus for student writing, faculty development and writing assessment. Thoughtfully designed and executed, the Writing Center has become a focus of student and faculty interaction and activity, consisting of offices, seminar rooms, open lounge and study areas, and support spaces. It enables and inspires students in a warm, comfortable environment equipped to accommodate the 21st-century academic and social needs of the university community. A clean, bright palette enhances the sunlighted space, and St. John’s trademark red colors enliven the space without creating visual clutter.

Integrated laptop touchdown plugs update traditional wood library tables. Area “neighborhoods” organized by usage, but created with modular systems and movable furniture, provide flexibility for future reorganization and expansion.

Constructed within a tight summer schedule and on a fixed budget, the bright, crisp environment also welcomes visitors, alumni and other university stakeholders. The center was designed to be flexible, allowing for future integration with a 14,000-square-foot Humanities Center, also to be created within the library.

“An inspiring space brought to life by understanding how learning occurs.”--2007 jury