Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center & The City College Center for Discovery and Innovation

City University of New York (CUNY)
City College of New York

The keystone of CUNY’S “Decade of the Sciences” initiative, KPF’s new science campus positions the school as a world-class research institution and provides state-of-the-art facilities befitting a truly modern university.

The Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center and the City College Center for Discovery and Innovation offer a positive presence for the Harlem community and serve as a magnet for nationally and internationally recognized researchers. The influx of talent drawn to the new facility will allow CUNY to maintain its status as a premier public university, and one which has historically sought to give back to the city with over three quarters of its students remaining after graduation.

The complex is designed to accommodate a wide range of research initiatives in many varied disciplines, through the use of a modular utility “infrastructure” that can support varied research requirements. Below grade, the buildings share services including a vivarium, a receiving area, building support activities, and core facilities such as imaging modalities, behavioral studies and cryo-physics.

The ASRC building, housing science facilities, is arranged thematically on a floor-by-floor basis focusing on five areas of research: Photonics; Structural Biology; Biosensing/Remote Sensing; Nanotechnology; and Neuroscience. It acts as a CUNY-wide facility providing hoteling for outside research activities.

In contrast, the City College Center for Discovery and Innovation houses multiple disciplines on each floor, allowing for work on joint topics and projects. Both buildings promote active collaboration for researchers, faculty, and students.

The entire complex earned LEED Gold certification through a holistic approach to sustainability. The two buildings’ façades were designed to minimize solar heat gain and glare through the use of vertical shading devices and fritted glass, while an extensive landscaped roof that covers shared facilities on the ground level offers public green space, improved insulation, and storm water runoff mitigation.

Watch a video about the state-of-the-art research campus here.


New York, NY, USA


City University of New York


Flad Architects (Architect of Record)


Education, Research + Healthcare


37,100 m2 / 399,000 ft2




Excelsior Award (AIA New York State 2015), Platinum Award for Excellence: Structural System (ACEC New York 2016)

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Project Type:Research + Healthcare
Project Location:Americas