In 2007, with the help of a generous gift from Pratt Trustee and alumna Juliana Terian (B. Arch. ’90), Pratt opened the Juliana Curran Terian Design Center—a multidisciplinary complex that brings all of Pratt’s design disciplines together under one roof, enhancing the interdisciplinary collaboration and exploration that are a hallmark of a Pratt education. The Design Center comprises 150,000 square feet among two historic loft buildings joined by a modern pavilion designed by Hanrahan Myers Architects, the firm headed by Pratt School of Architecture Dean Tom Hanrahan and his partner, Victoria Meyers. Speaking at the Design Center’s opening, Terian said, “The timeless designs—and the most successful—have embodied seamless relationships between disciplines. I believe the Design Center will promote the adaptability and resourcefulness that Pratt’s students will need in a world in which the lines between disciplines are quickly fading.”
To this end, the School of Design, housed in the Juliana Curran Terian Design Center, was founded in 2014. Located in the borough of Brooklyn, the city’s epicenter of design and culture, The School of Design is made up of four of Pratt’s oldest and most esteemed disciplines and includes undergraduate education in Communications Design, Fashion Design, Industrial Design, and Interior Design; as well as graduate degrees in Industrial Design, Interior Design, Communications Design, and Packaging, Identities, and Systems Design.
Illustration students joined a reportage drawing gathering in the Manhattan park to sketch on-site and share their unique impressions of a busy autumn afternoon.
Across Pratt, students are spearheading mentoring initiatives bringing together classmates, alumni, and professionals to create community and connections.
The opening celebration for Foundation Expanded featured installations, performances, a pop-up shop, video animations, and other creative projects.
In rethinking memorialization for a time of COVID-19, Pratt students are exploring new ways of gathering for mourning, remembering, and healing.