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Laurie Hawkinson

Laurie Hawkinson is Professor of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP and partner at Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects (SMH+).

SMH+ is a New York City-based design studio in architecture, urban design, installations and exhibitions, objects and products. Across the United States and abroad, SMH+ has designed public and private projects including museums, parks, transportation terminals, performing arts spaces, privates residences, government facilities, a series of museum exhibitions and installations, as well as furniture and objects.

The studio’s work derives inspiration from an ongoing investigation into contemporary culture, its history, and its complex changing relationship to society and contemporary ideas. The work process is transformative in the way it reinterprets basic programs and negotiates traditional craft with vanguard techniques. The office is a laboratory for speculation and making, for investigation and practice: two strands that are woven together in all of the projects from the initial concept to their final realization.

Projects throughout the U.S. and abroad include the Corning Museum of Glass, the US Land Ports of Entry at Champlain and Massena, NY, The Dillion - an 83 unit residential building in midtown Manhattan, an Emergency Medical Services Station in the Bronx for the Department of Design and Construction, an installation at the Museum of Modern Art, a ferry terminal for Lower Manhattan, and a new private residence in Sagaponac New York. Important cultural projects include The Museum of Women’s History, The Shilla Daechi Building in Seoul Korea, Robert Greenberg’s private residence which includes a collection of Outsider Art, the Frederieke Taylor Art Gallery in Chelsea and The Rotunda Gallery and Slide Registry for the Borough of Brooklyn. SMH+ has produced design proposals for invited competitions for NYC2012 Olympic Village, the Cincinatti Museum of Art, The New York Aquarium at Coney Island, Colorado Springs Academy K-12 School, the Mid-Manhattan Library of the New York Public Library, The American Craft Museum in New York and The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia.

The firm’s work is regularly published, included in exhibitions, and recognized through awards. Most recently the West 53rd street housing was selected as one of the winners of the AIANY 2015 Housing Awards, while the Zerega Avenue EMS Station received a Silver Award of Merit from the Society of American Registered Architects, New York Chapter.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4106‑18 Spring 2024
Architecture Studio VI
Laurie Hawkinson
600 / 700 AVERY
0 Points
A4859‑1 Spring 2024
The Outside in Project
Galia Solomonoff, Laurie Hawkinson
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
3 Points
A4105‑1 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
Laurie Hawkinson
600 / 700 AVERY
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