2018 Best of Design Award for Public: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Designer: Marble Fairbanks
Location: New York

As a division of the New York Public Library, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the world’s leading research facilities that focuses exclusively on the history and culture of people of African descent. Marble Fairbanks’s project covered the center’s three interconnected buildings, the Schomburg Building, the Langston Hughes Building, and the Landmark Building. Restoration work on the Landmark Building—originally designed by McKim, Mead & White—was joined by a new addition to the Schomburg Building, which houses a gift shop and a conference room. Extensive interior renovations were made to research divisions, reading rooms, archival storage units, and new gallery spaces. The design enhances how the center interfaces with the Harlem community and the greater public by displaying portions of its vast collection on street-facing screens. Features of this design include LED display systems, interactive information panels, and a new streetscape.

Structural Engineer:
Robert Silman Associates

Mep Engineer:
Plus Group Consulting Engineering

Civil Engineer:
Leonard J. Strandberg and Associates

Lighting Design:
Richard Shaver Architectural Lighting

Historic Preservation:
Li/Saltzman Architects

Landscape Architect:


Honorable Mentions 

Project Name:
Banc of California Stadium
Los Angeles

Public: Honorable Mention: Banc of California Stadium (Courtesy Gensler)

Public: Honorable Mention: Banc of California Stadium (Courtesy Gensler)

Project Name:
River’s Edge Pavilion
Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture
Council Bluffs, Iowa

Public: Honorable Mention: River’s Edge Pavilion (Corey Gaffer Photography)

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