Today, NoVo Foundation & Goren Group announced the finalists and winner of the The Women’s Building International Design Competition.

The ARExA | Spacesmith | Davis Brody Bond team made it to the final round, along with three other teams. Amale Andraos (WORKac) + V. Mitch McEwen (A(n) Office) and Joan Krevlin + Julie Nelson of BKSK Architects LLP were the two other finalists, with Deborah Berke Partners winning the competition.

See our submission here –

ARExA sends our congratulations to Deborah Berke, Novo Foundation and Goren Group and looks forward to the realization of such an important project. We believe strongly in the importance of the mission of the Women’s Building and look forward to the transformation of the former Bayview Correctional Facility into a permanent home for the girls’ and women’s rights movement in New York City.

ARExA helped The NoVo Foundation and Goren Group create the winning RFP proposal to win the rights to the former prison from Empire State Development in 2014/2015. ARExA’s RFP response proposed to redevelop the space into a hub that offers leaders working on behalf of girls and women the space, resources, and support they need to drive critical change.The 100,000 square-foot building was originally designed in 1931 by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, the architects of the Empire State Building.


Read more about Bayview Correction Facility, and the competition to transform it into The Women’s Building  here –