The Forum is a unique multipurpose venue on the corner of 125th Street and Broadway and the third building to open during the first stage of Manhattanville’s exciting sustainable urban design plan. It serves the entire University and provides a welcoming, transparent gateway to the developing 17-acre campus for students, faculty, guest scholars, and members of the community.

The Forum hosts academic conferences, meetings, and symposia, providing an important new space where scholars and thought leaders from diverse fields can come together to share ideas, and where Columbia and the local community can engage with New York City and beyond.

Open to the Community

The Forum’s ground floor is a gathering space open to the public seven days a week from 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., with common areas for studying or meetings over a cup of coffee. The Café at The Forum features locally sourced food and beverages, and is open Monday–Friday from 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. The ground floor is available for a range of activities, from University events and exhibitions to community functions and educational programming.

Forum Elevator

Meeting and Event Spaces

The Forum’s upper floors feature a 430-seat auditorium, gathering spaces, and meeting rooms with state-of-the-art technology, available for a variety of uses.

For inquiries regarding space reservations at The Forum, please email theforum@columbia.edu.

Sustainable Urban Design

The Forum was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, with Dattner Architects as executive architect and Caples Jefferson Architects, a certified Minority Business Enterprise, as associate architect.

A core value of The Forum and of the Manhattanville campus is environmental sustainability. From the building materials to the creative incorporation of natural light and air flow throughout The Forum, the result of this commitment to sustainability is an award-winning approach to maximizing energy efficiency and limiting carbon emissions. Read more about sustainability efforts on the Manhattanville website.