Nathan Carter, Co-Director
Barb Compagnoni, Co-Director
The newly created Making Center, a spacious studio bringing together creative tools from around the university, offers students unprecedented opportunities to acquire industry-ready skills, transform how products are made, and upend conventional notions of supply chains, local production, mass customization,
and craft. For the first time ever, students from all of Parsons’ programs can explore cutting-edge and traditional making technologies together.
The center is located on the basement and the second and third floors of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at 66 Fifth Avenue and 2 West 13th Street. Architectural details revealed in the renovation, such as vaulted ceilings, wood floors, and brick walls, surround a new generation of creators with evidence of makers past. Designed by
Rice+Lipka Architects, the open plan joins floors on several adjacent buildings, providing ample space for equipment and abundant natural light from the avenue, street, and adjoining courtyard.
Inside, degree-seeking students from throughout The New School, faculty, technicians, and industry mentors will prototype new concepts with peers and the Making Center team. The dynamic interdisciplinary environment will enable students to advance on their path to becoming makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs who will challenge the status quo.
The Making Center anchors the network of integrated campus resources, enabling students to bring new materials, techniques, and partners into their making practices. At Parsons, making of all kinds — forming new objects, ideas, systems, partnerships — is an essential part of becoming an artist or designer. Accordingly, we’re developing new interdisciplinary courses, workshops, and other project-based learning experiences to make full use of the space and state-of-the-art making equipment — including tools never before available on
campus. Housed at the center are new 3D printing technologies, a complete ceramics “wet lab,” updated printmaking facilities, and white boards, pin-up areas, and configurable work spaces for developing and sharing ideas. (For a complete list of available campus tools, including those in other university buildings, visit the Facilities webpage or the
Parsons Making Center Resources website.) The Making Center reaffirms Parsons' leadership in a world where making is increasingly valued as a powerful problem-solving endeavor.