Dear members of the Woodrow Wilson School community and campus partners:

'Tis the season for decking the halls, and the halls of Robertson are coming along! Since our September update on the "Reimagining Robertson" renovation, the project has made major strides:
  • Work in the lower level office areas is complete.
  • A new rear exit in Arthur Lewis Auditorium is well underway.
  • All glass and the revolving doors have been removed from the north and south sides of Dodds Atrium, and new double-door vestibules are going in.
  • Levels one through four are coming together, and faculty and staff recently selected office furniture options. More updates below.


In 2015, as part of a self-study to identify key goals for the School’s future, we learned that the Woodrow Wilson School community was yearning for a more collaborative and efficient environment. To this end, KPMB Architects was retained to oversee a redesign and renovation of Robertson Hall.

A number of objectives were identified, including: improving acoustic performance, thermal comfort, and way-finding; demonstrating a commitment to sustainability, health, and wellbeing; and responding to the unique architectural heritage of Robertson Hall while ensuring that interior spaces are both flexible and durable.
Construction in the lower level for the School's Computing Services, Operations (Business and Facilities), and Financial Management is complete! New carpeting, paint, and updates to the ceiling in the lower level will come next summer — just before move in.

New signage will indicate perhaps the biggest change to the lower level — its name! Beginning next summer, it will officially be renamed "Level A."
The first level will feature updated entrances and exits, including double-door vestibules into Dodds Atrium and a new rear exit from Arthur Lewis Auditorium, which will facilitate movement before and after classes, guest lectures, and other events.
Elsewhere on the first level, the suite housing the Graduate and Undergraduate Programs — including Graduate Admissions and Career Services — is coming together.
Temporary plastic windows appear on the second and third levels, — the home of faculty offices, Public Affairs and Communications, and the Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment  —  with permanent, operable windows scheduled to be installed later this month.
On the fourth level, offices spaces have been defined, and doors and glass front walls will be installed this winter. A mock-up of an acrylic veil designed to maximize natural light while minimizing harsh glare appears above the open court office spaces. The fourth level will be home to the Office of the Dean, the Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy, Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, and the Comparative Politics faculty.
Upon completion of the project, estimated for August 2020, the newly redesigned space will provide a highly collaborative environment that respects the building’s unique architectural heritage while meeting the 21st century needs of the School's faculty, staff, and students.

Stay tuned for future updates in 2020, and happy holidays.

Best regards,

Dean’s Office
Woodrow Wilson School