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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