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Whitney Museum Independent Study Program at Roy Lichtenstein Studio

The Whitney Independent Study Program (ISP) provides an informal setting for post-graduate students to pursue art practice, curatorial studies and critical theory to engage in ongoing discussions that examine the historical, social, and intellectual conditions of artistic production. In 2022 Roy Lichtenstein’s studio (RLS), a 10,000-square-foot building located in the Greenwich Village Historic District four blocks south of the Whitney, was gifted to the Whitney Museum for a permanent home for the ISP. The Whitney selected JML for their sensitive treatment of and deep respect for historic buildings, tasking them to preserve the RLS as a nexus for artmaking, research, and critical dialogues around art, giving the space new life as an incubator for future generations of artists, curators, and historians. The project centers around a respectful renovation of the building that will add safety features to bring the building up to code, increase the legal occupancy to accommodate approximately 20 ISP participants per year, and create a space where artists can work together.


Whitney Museum of American Art


New York, NY, US



Floor Area

11,400 SF


Sharon Johnston, Mark Lee

Project Team

Nicholas Hofstede (Project Director), Nelson Byun (Project Manager), Andrew Fu (Project Architect), Lindsay Erickson, Kyle Winston, Arta Perezic, Jocelyn Chiou, Ali Sherif


Owner’s Representative: Envoie Projects; Structural Engineer + Building Envelope: Silman Associates; MEP, FP, SP, T Engineer: Kohler Ronan; Specifications: Construction Specifications, Inc.; Lighting: Buro Happold; Historic Preservation Consultant: Higgins Quasebarth & Partners; Expeditor: JAM


General Contractor: Riverside Builders

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