Princeton University — new residential colleges built for community

Princeton, NJ
485,000 square feet
Expected completion 2022
Type: Academic

Two new Residential Colleges at Princeton Universities, each serving 510 students, offer rich and varied access to a communal college experience. The 485,000-square-foot project represents a major expansion of the campus and a first step in the university’s 30-year campus plan.

The colleges maximize connections: to campus, to an intact woodland, to athletics, to recreation, and most importantly, among students. With gestures both subtle and overt, the colleges are designed for a cohesive community organized around the many spheres of undergraduate life. The new buildings include dining, sleeping, studying, cultural, and social spaces to enrich the daily lives of undergraduates during their four years on campus.

The student experience has been a point of critical focus for Princeton and our design team. Our design aims to create places where the students can feel at home on campus.

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The University has done a lot of thinking and reflection on what it wants to be in the 21st century: diverse, inclusive, a place where all students feel a sense of belonging. We share these values, and are excited to give them architectural expression.

Maitland Jones, Partner


Deborah Berke Partners
Architect, Interior Designer

James Corner Field Operations
Landscape Architect

Programming Consultant

Structural Engineer

ADS Engineers
MEP/FP Engineer

Civil Engineer

Atelier Ten
Sustainability Consultant

Front, Inc.
Facade Consultant

Estimating Consultant

Ricca Design Studios
Food Service Consultant

One Lux
Lighting Designer

R.W. Sullivan
Code Consultant

Theater Projects
Theater Design Consultant