Columbia University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Uris Vision Committee


The addition of Uris Hall to the Arts and Sciences in 2023 presents a unique opportunity to re- imagine how the Arts and Sciences does research, scholarship, and teaching in the new millennium. Building on the work of the prior Uris Committee, the new committee will develop an academic vision for the Arts and Sciences’ use of Uris Hall as a prelude to the future revitalization of the entire Morningside Campus. Specifically, the Committee is charged with exploring how the building may be reconfigured to provide shared infrastructure to support twenty-first century research, teaching, collaboration, and the dissemination of knowledge. Issues that might be considered include: supports for interdisciplinary work, including the possibility of space for working groups focused on shared themes; attention to state-of-the art classrooms and library services and spaces that serve the emerging needs of faculty and students and propel digital learning, collaboration, and innovation; social spaces that foster community; conference facilities open to all Arts and Sciences units; the bringing together of academic units that reflect the intellectual interests of many partners and constituencies. The building will alleviate some existing space needs, but it must do more. It must be designed and populated in a way that helps to realize the best future of the Arts and Sciences. 


Members of the Committee


Committee Co-Chairs

Howard, Jean

Professor of English and Comparative Literature

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Tolstoy, Maya

Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences, Dean of the Faculty (Interim), Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Committee Members (in alphabetical order):


Cole, Michael

Professor of Art History and Archaeology

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Griffin, Farah

Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies

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Washburne, Christopher

Associate Professor of Music

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Social Sciences

Bearman, Peter

Professor of Sociology

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Huber, John

Professor of Political Science

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Smith, Pamela

Professor of History

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Natural Sciences

Gonzalez, Ruben

Professor of Chemistry

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Hobert, Oliver

Professor of Biological Sciences and Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

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Zheng, Tian

Professor of Statistics

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Rockenbach, Barbara

Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning

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Ex Officio

Alonso, Carlos

Vice President for Graduate Education, Dean of GSAS, Professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures

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Becker, Carol

Dean of The School of Arts, Professor of the Arts

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Rosen-Metsch, Lisa

Dean School of General Studies, Professor of Sociomedical Sciences

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Valentini, James

Vice President for Undergraduate Education, Dean of Columbia College, Professor of Chemistry

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Villalobos, EugeneExecutive Director, Space Planning, Facilities[email protected]

Wingard, Jason

Dean of the School of Professional Studies, Professor of Professional Studies

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Ford, Mike

Student Representative, GSAS

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Johnson, Aja

Student Representative, Columbia College

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Veitch, William Student Representative, School of General Studies[email protected]








Keen, Carolyn S. Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President, Arts & Sciences[email protected]

Razaghian, Rose

Dean of Academic Planning and Governance

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A&S Uris Space Committee


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A&S/Libraries Committee

Committee Charge

The Uris Library Joint Steering Committee, co-chaired by Ann Thornton, Vice Provost and University Librarian, and Jean Howard, the George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities, will convene in the spring term of 2021 to set the course for program and design development of the spaces shared by the Library and Arts and Sciences in Uris Hall.  The committee will evaluate, among other things, the opportunities for student and faculty space conducive to innovative forms of research and teaching, and the question of when and if outside consultation might be useful to the program design process.  It will be informed by the report of the Uris Visioning Committee from 2019 and by ongoing consultation with faculty, students, research librarians, CTL and other research and teaching supports on campus. 

Executive Sponsors

Amy Hungerford | Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences
Ann Thornton | Vice Provost and University Librarian


Jean Howard | George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities
Ann Thornton | Vice Provost and University Librarian


Amanda Bielskas | Director of Science, Engineering, and Social Sciences Libraries
Jonathan Cain | Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning
Madiha Choksi | Research and Learning Technologies Librarian
Matt Connelly | Professor of History; Director, ISERP
Nicholas Dames | English and Comparative Literature
Tom DiPrete | Giddings Professor of Sociology; Director, ISERP  
Carol Gluck | George Sansom Professor of History and Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures
SungYoun Ham | Senior Space Planner, Planning & Capital Project Management
Soulaymane Kachani | Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation; Senior Vice Dean and Professor, Columbia Engineering
Aline Locascio | Libraries Facilities Coordinator
Reinhold Martin | Professor of Architecture; Director of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture
Richard Peterson | Project Manager, Planning & Capital Project Management
Rose Razaghian | Dean of Academic Planning and Governance, Arts and Sciences
Victoria Rosner | Dean of Academic Affairs, General Studies
Chris Semlies | Director, Planning & Capital Project Management
Michael Tuts | Professor of Physics
Gene Villalobos | Executive Director, Planning & Capital Project Management

EPPC Uris Classroom Subcommittee


The EPPC Advisory Group (AG) on Uris Classrooms will be making recommendations on the best utilization, upgrades and renovations AND/OR RECONFIGURATIONS of the Uris classrooms.  The AG will begin by understanding the current classroom inventory, including seating capacity, seating arrangements (e.g. fixed versus flexible), and the technology provided in these rooms and how those meet pedagogical needs.  The AG will work with departments, institutes and centers, to identify the types of classrooms and technologies most needed to meet the demands for modern pedagogy.  In addition, the AG will explore possible scheduling models to maximize use for classes as well as provide sufficient flexibility to meet the needs of academic units for conferences. The AG will report its findings to the EPPC, department chairs and at a faculty meeting(s) and will work closely with the Uris Design Faculty Group (to be established soon) and the architects for the renovation of Uris Hall (to be selected soon).


Rachel Adams | Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Teresa Aguayo | Director of Academic Administration and Finance, Department of Sociology
Jeremy Dauber | Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture | Chair
Barry Kane | Associate Vice President and Registrar
Rob King | Professor of Film in the Faculty of the Arts; Chair, Film Division
Wayne T. Lee | Lecturer in The Discipline of Statistics
Rose Razaghian | Dean of Academic Planning and Governance
Catherine Ross | Executive Director, Center for Teaching & Learning
Jutta Schmiers-Heller | Senior Lecturer in German in the Department of Germanic Languages

A&S RFP for Uris Spaces

Call for Proposals

Proposals were reviewed by the Policy & Planning Committee who made recommendations to the Executive Committe.

RFP Recipients:


Design Review Committee


Denise Cruz | Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Thomas A. DiPrete | Giddings Professor of Sociology; Director, Institute of Social and Economic Research and Policy
Juliana Driever | Dir, Academic Admin & Finance, Department of Classics
Jason Gould | Director of Facilities and Space Planning
Amy Hungerford | Executive Sponsor, Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Rose Razaghian | Dean of Academic Planning and Governance
Josef Sorett | Professor of Religion and of African American and African Diaspora Studies; Chair, Department of Religion
Maria Uriarte | Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
Chris Washburne | Professor of Music; Chair, Department of Music
Mabel O Wilson | Nancy and George Rupp Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies: Director in the Institute for Research in African-American Studies

Units receiving space in Uris, including the RFP winners, will be consultants on their spaces.