Unveiling the New Medical School at Columbia University

Known globally for exceptional education standards, Columbia University is one of the best institutions. A beautiful green campus and coveted teaching methods is everything that a student needs. Recently the campus got an additional medical building, built by a popular New York based firm- Diller, Scofidio and Renfro. The Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center. A considerate step taken by the University, the new medical building aims to house medical programs for the medical students, physicians and surgeons at the campus.

The building is a 14-floor glass tower with a striking view of River Hudson. With the glass windows around, there is a seamless connection between the students and the environment- as mentioned by the Diller, Renfro firm.

Sudhir and Anita Choudhrie

Diller, Scofidio and Renfro meticulously planned the whole design element of the building and incorporated a strategy called, ‘study cascade’ to show the link between the social space and the study area with a ground to top level staircase. Not only this, there are progressive classrooms, co-working spaces and modern simulation centers in the building to effectively impart medical education.

Sudhir Choudhrie, a renowned philanthropist and businessman, has been long associated with Columbia University for his contributions at the University. He built the Choudhrie Family Student Lounge at the campus site for medical students. Choudhrie is also known to have donated an amount of $2.5 million to set up the Sudhir Choudhrie Professorship of Cardiology at the medical premises.

Diller, Scofidio and Renfro are famous for their brilliant ideas and approach of details. This time while designing this medical center, they installed shades to maximize solar power, fitted green roof top technologies to reduce heat generated by urban asphalt and concrete and planted vegetation to cut down irrigation requirements.

Unveiling the New Medical School at Columbia University

New Medical School Opens up at the Columbia University

The Columbia University is honored for its excellent education methods for students and a lavish green campus all around the globe. It recently got a new addition to the campus- Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center – a medical center built for the programs undertaken by Columbia University’s medical students, physicians and surgeons.

The new center has been designed by a popular architecture company from New York, namely Diller, Scofidio and Renfro. It has a 14 glass storey floors that has a striking view of the Hudson River. There are glass windows that symbolise a seamless connection between the students and the environment, as per Diller and Renfro.

While formulating the whole architecture plan, Diller, Scofidio and Renfro stated the ‘study cascade’ theory to be able to show a connection between the social spaces and the studies. There is also a ground-to-top staircase, which has modern classrooms, co-working spaces and brilliant simulation centers that clearly specify about the excellence of medical classes conducted at the campus.

Renowned philanthropist and businessman Sudhir Choudhrie has been long linked with Columbia University for his contributions towards it. He built the Choudhrie Family Student Lounge, a space for medical students to take a break from the busy hours. He also donated an enormous sum of $2.5 million for the Sudhir Choudhrie Professorship of Cardiology at the campus.

Diller, Scofidio and Renfro who are known for their fine designs and creative ideas journeyed through the medical center’s design element by turning it into an environment friendly space. For example- solar gain was enhanced through installing shades, green roof top technologies’ was used to trim down the heat generated by asphalt and concrete and vegetation was planted to reduce the irrigation needs.

New Medical School Opens up at the Columbia University

Sudhir Choudhrie Set to be a Valuable Asset to Lib Dems

Liberal Democrats’ leader Tim Farron has earned laurels in his span thus far especially because of the way he brings new ideas to the table which aim to help the party grow. His decision to culturally diversify the party has been very well received.

The appointment of Indian-born businessman Sudhir Choudhrie as adviser to India was one important move. Choudhrie will not only make it easier for the party to understand UK-Indians’ needs and concerns better, his business expertise and political counsel will also aid the party to find out the scope of improvement in Britain’s business and foreign relationship with India.

Farron applauded Choudhrie’s committed support for Lib Dems: “India is a key strategic partner for the United Kingdom and the British-Indian community contributes so much to our country. I am determined that the Liberal Democrats do all we can to maximise the economic, cultural and social benefit of these relationships. Sudhir has been a committed supporter of the Liberal Democrats for many years and I look forward to being able to draw on his vast business experience, unparalleled network in both the UK and India, and wise political counsel.” Further, he has also promised an India visit this year.


Choudhrie shared why he has been supporting Liberal Democrats and showed respect for their idealogies, “I have long believed that the Liberal Democrats best embody the internationalist and pro-enterprise values that characterise the British-Indian community. India, with its ever vibrant and expanding consumer market of over 1.2 billion people, and home to more than a quarter of the worlds millennials, is slated to emerge as the worlds third largest economy by 2030, which makes the country extremely attractive. It is critical that both India and UK collaborate on a common agenda of growth and I am honoured by Tim Farrons decision to ask me to fulfil this role, especially coinciding with Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the UK.’’

Farron stated that the party needs to be closer to all the people they’re going to serve and hence Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities will also be at the centre of the cultural diversification planned.

Sudhir Choudhrie Set to be a Valuable Asset to Lib Dems