February 8, 2018
We are thrilled to announce that following a two-stage selection process, Princeton University has chosen Deborah Berke Partners to design new residential college buildings. The project represents a major expansion of the campus that will house an enlarged undergraduate student population.
“Expanding our undergraduate student body is an essential feature of our commitment to extend access to a transformative Princeton education, and this project represents a significant step toward that vital goal,” Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber said. “Deborah Berke Partners is an outstanding and inspired choice to design Princeton’s next residential colleges.”
“Our goal here is to design residential colleges that the students can occupy and make their own,” said Partner Maitland Jones. “This requires a balance of spaces that are specific and have a distinctive character with those that are flexible and adaptable. We want to create spaces and experiences at the colleges that bring something new to the larger campus.”
“Princeton wants to support a diverse and inclusive campus community, and the design of the new residential colleges will embody those values and provide a welcoming environment where students will thrive,” said Partner Deborah Berke.
Princeton’s Campus Plan proposed building one residential college to accommodate an increase of 125 students per class. The plan also identified a site that could accommodate a second college to be used as a swing space to enable renovation of the University’s existing housing stock and support a future student expansion. Princeton’s plan suggested that the first college include buildings of varying heights with at least 500 beds, social spaces, a dining hall, and a kitchen/servery that could also support a second college.