Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.

On October 1–6, 2019, join us as we reflect on a century of world-changing ideas and together imagine a new kind of future.

The Festival of New is free and open to all.
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Lia Gartner, FAIA, LEED AP

Vice President for Buildings
Lia is responsible for all building-related activities, integrating long-range campus planning through facilities maintenance. During her tenure at The New School, Lia has overseen the transformation of the university’s campus into an award-winning center of learning through projects that have set new standards of design for higher education. Notable among them are the University Center, an 18-story academic and residential tower that unifies the Greenwich Village campus; the Vera List Center, a unique academic and administrative complex; the state-of-the-art Making Center at Parsons School of Design; the reimagined Arnhold Hall, now home to the university’s College of Performing Arts; the renovated the café and reading room at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts; and numerous sustainability-focused initiatives. Lia is an active student mentor and a contributor to professional organizations. Before joining The New School, Lia oversaw design and construction at the City University of New York’s 19 campuses and at Columbia University and project management for 16 New York City municipal agencies. Her architectural experience includes work with several internationally known firms, including Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Johnson/Burgee Architects, and Ulrich Franzen, and her own private practice. She has taught architecture design and theory at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Columbia University, City College of New York, and New York Institute of Technology. Her professional honors include being named the 1998 New York AIA Public Architect of the Year and an AIA Fellowship, the highest membership honor awarded by the organization. Lia holds an MA in Architecture from Columbia University and a BA from Harvard University.