Marble Fairbanks Architects
Karen Fairbanks is a founding partner of Marble Fairbanks, an architecture, design and research office in New York City. The firm is committed to highly innovative design through research and analysis, and their most recent work has focused on cultural and institutional projects for public and private clients including Brooklyn Public Library, Princeton University, New York Public Library, Queens Library, Hunter College, Columbia University, The Museum of Modern Art, The New School, and New York University. Their research-based practice is the recipient of numerous local, national, and international design awards. The work of Marble Fairbanks has been exhibited around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York where their drawings are part of the museum’s permanent collection.
Karen is also a Professor of Professional Practice and Chair of the Architecture Department at Barnard College, Columbia University. As Department Chair, she oversaw the merger of the Barnard and Columbia architecture programs and has developed the current department curriculum and the digital architecture lab. While at Barnard she has participated in the capital planning of the campus – including service on the Capital Campaign Advisory Committee, the Long Range Capital Planning Committee, the Master Plan committee, the Trustee’s Buildings, Grounds, and Environment Committee, and the Teaching and Learning Center Steering Committee.
Karen brings this extensive knowledge of institutional organizations to the work of Marble Fairbanks where she has focused on the design and planning for both public and private educational and cultural clients. Karen has Co-Chaired the NYC AIA Design Awards Committee, has served on the AIA Scholarship Committee, and related to her interest in library design, is currently serving as the Chair of the American Library Association’s Committee on Buildings for College and University Libraries.
Saturday, June 25
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM