St. John's University, Residences

Queens, New York

The new residences at St. John’s University (SJU) are situated near the campus’ main quadrangle ("The Great Lawn"). Charged with creating student housing that also promotes a residential campus feel, the architect created a series of gracious three-story townhouse structures surrounded by shared courtyards.

The thoughtful design ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY300COST PER SQ FT$375.00FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio a modern feel to the campus. At the same time, the archways and stonework integrate easily with the campus’ traditional Gothic-style prestigious colleges, aligning it with the style of the Northeast region. For this project, the architect’s expertise in university development, hospitality and historical preservation came together beautifully in a housing solution that forwarded the university’s own branding goals—to develop a residential campus that would attract out-of-state students.

The design was inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s checkerboard approach to urban planning, in which city blocks alternate with parks. The design also was influenced by carefully designed low-rise, high-density housing. With this project, the team found welcome opportunity to apply these ideals.

The residences, which accommodate 300 students, have created a warm home for students and complement SJU’s plan for the future.