its prior form, the courtyard was a multi-level amalgam of astro-turf
and stairways with weak physical and visual connections to the school.
A new ipé and steel deck was added, raised to
match the interior floor level, so that connections to the interior could
be accessible and greater in number. A new study space anchors
one end, and new openings to the undergraduate lounge anchor the other.
This new courtyard has become the locus for weekly gatherings of faculty