Student Union Renovation to Bring Enhanced Space for Student Use

The Student Union on the Brooklyn campus is being renovated to enhance the facility and improve the environment for student club meetings and community gatherings, as well as provide needed office space. Pratt alumnus Juan C. Matiz (B.Arch. '94), founder of Matiz Architecture & Design, is serving as the principal architect on the project. Renovations began in August 2015 and the redesign is scheduled for completion in fall 2016. 

To ensure the new Student Union adequately meets the diverse needs of the Pratt student body, the Student Government Association (SGA) held a design charrette in 2013, where 29 students from advertising, architecture, digital arts, graphic design, illustration, interior design, and urban environmental systems management developed ideas for the renovation. The architect reviewed the ideas generated by the charrette and various elements will be incorporated in the final design. 

"The newly renovated Student Union will be a beautiful, welcoming environment where students can gather and share ideas, and where a sense of community can thrive," said Helen Matusow-Ayres, Pratt's vice president for student affairs. "Incorporating their ideas into the final design gave students the opportunity to help make a space that is their own at the center of the Brooklyn campus," she added. 
The current Student Union is located in a one-and-a-half-story building designed by architect William Tubby. One of Pratt Institute's three original structures, it was constructed to be a gymnasium, but began serving as a student union in 1982. The new facility will cater to current and future students, as well as provide an event space and gallery for their use.