Introducing Carol Gretter, Vivvi's Architect & School Design Partner

Updated: Feb 4, 2019

Vivvi's flagship campus is opening in Hudson Square on April 1, 2019 for children aged 6 weeks to 4 years old.

Architecture is not a feature of a Vivvi Campus, but rather a core component of our identity, bringing our program to life. Behind Vivvi’s multi-million dollar buildout is Carol Gretter, the owner of eleven of eleven architecture. Carol has gained an unsurpassable reputation developing school projects that bring space design aspirations to reality. Her most notable projects within New York City include Morgan Stanley’s Children’s Hospital, the new early learning centers at Avenues: The World School, and the preschool at Léman Manhattan Preparatory School.

Carol has been working with the Vivvi team for about a year helping us form the core of our space identity, from layout to interior design. We began our work together mapping all of the ideal use cases for students, faculty, and parents. This process included detailing the daily schedule to ensure that each classroom could facilitate our daily specials, including art, science, cooking, and dramatic play, and that the facility could fit two multi-purpose spaces (our “Wiggle Rooms”). The intentionality of our space design factors in our desire for a robust parent community. For instance, our two “Wiggle Rooms” will double as parent education spaces, and our Mother’s room is a convenient and comfortable space for mothers to pump or nurse their child. This space is equipped with a glider chair, mirror, and even a television.

The center will accommodate 90 students and is designed to be an integral part of our robust program for infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children. Our first campus will serve as a base from which we can develop and grow our understanding of how physical design can foster inquiry and serve as a forum for parent education and faculty development.

Vivvi is grateful for Carol’s support and we look forward to growing our understanding of how to design and use space together!