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Whitney Museum Independent Study Program at Roy Lichtenstein Studio

The future permanent home for the Whitney Independent Study Program (ISP) at Roy Lichtenstein Studio (RLS) will provide a communal setting for post-graduates in art practice, curatorial studies and critical theory. Bequeathed to the Whitney Museum in 2022 by Dorothy Lichtenstein, the 10,000-SF former factory building located in the Greenwich Village Historic District, four blocks south of the Whitney, will be renovated and adapted to accommodate 14 artist studios, a seminar room, and spaces for study and collaboration. A rooftop addition will house a visiting artist studio and apartment.

The addition follows the legacy of artists’ adaptive re-use of industrial buildings in Greenwich Village. Foregrounding the existing former factory building, the recessed brick façade of the third-floor addition brings symmetry to the structural and programmatic organization of the mixed industrial and residential-use building. The addition and renovation integrate the existing green roof and terrace as an outdoor urban room, central to the informal social and intellectual setting of the program.


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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