“ . . . Unanimous choice for an honor award among the jurors . . .”
Since the opening of the center in the fall of 2014, the building has been used daily by the Stanford community, students and faculty, for reflection and contemplation. The center has more than fulfilled its expectations as a venue to relieve stress and replenish the spirit of the Stanford community. The building is the first of its kind on campus and represents a paradigm shift in the understanding of mental health as it relates to one’s environment. The site is central to campus life, adjacent to dormitories, and set off from the bustle of the central campus enough to encourage attendance as a destination. Oliveira visited the final site selected just weeks before his death in 2010. From founder Leland and Jane Stanford’s desire to educate students in order to have a fulfilled life, Stanford has always sought to provide for their students’ emotional and intellectual needs. This project and program was a direct result of that desire. The building itself, with its emphasis on engaging all of the senses, furthers and deepens that mission by focusing on self‑discovery.
The design of this building has resulted in an extremely successful and well loved building on campus. It delivers the message that in the twenty-first century the quality of intellectual endeavor is directly linked to fulfilling one’s emotional and spiritual needs,” says David Lenox, University Architect, Director of Campus Planning.
Aidlin Darling Design; also Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture; Rutherford + Chekene; BKF Engineers; Auerbach Glasow French; Loisos + Ubbelohde; Charles Salter Associates; SC Builders. Inc.; Rammed Earth Works