California State University Los Angeles

JFK Memorial Library Master Plan

Pfeiffer was engaged by Cal State Los Angeles to conduct a master plan study for the JFK Memorial Library, a 347,000-sf library with two wings: the 1958 Palmer Wing and the 1969 Library North. The intent is to create a learner-centered environment that helps advance intellectual discovery, stimulate creativity, and connect people to knowledge.

Re-imagining the existing library not only entailed visually tying two library buildings together, it involved planning the partnerships and occupants within the building. The Library and the proposed Forum operate synergistically to allow students to make discoveries through cross-disciplinary discussions and recast the library as a catalyst for academic excellence with a strong, shared sense of community.

Project Data

309,000 sf

Program & Highlights

Renovation of mid-century buildings
New entry & connector

“Their extremely admirable performance exceeded all expectations and transgressed any difficulties in the efforts to produce a cogent, thoughtful, imaginative and highly detailed report that is in the process of being implemented. Working with Pfeiffer Partners was a pleasure all around.”
– Warren Jacobs, Former University Architect


Structural Engineer: John A. Martin Associates
MEP Engineer: P2S
Audio Visual: Vantage Technology Group
Lighting Design: Kaplan Gehring McCarroll (KGM)
Acoustics: Rothermel Associates

The existing CSU Los Angeles Library