Campus Ethnic & Gender Diversity Center
Educational, Social & Cultural Programs
There were few precedents for the relatively unique Multicultural Center, so the design was driven by the interrelated concerns of a fixed budget and the proper balance of independence versus integration among the four student organizations that occupy the center.
A geothermal system removes the building from the campus’ strained utility grid.
The Center’s design anticipates a future lecture hall addition built into the site’s sloping topography.
The architectural design expresses the promise of a multicultural perspective by favoring imperfection over orthodoxy to reflect the flawed human condition. Axial emphasis suggests but does not achieve symmetry, molded brick exhibits the idiosyncrasies of its production, and the wrap-around building sign requires multiple viewpoints for understanding.