“ . . . lovely clarity . . . very elegant expression of a very typical building . . . created something really great . . .”
The guiding principle of multi-disciplinary, diverse voices meeting under a single roof determined form and location of programmatic elements. This translated directly into the program and design of the building. The building’s open and inclusive design encourages the Lafayette community to enter and partake of the global dialogue. All of the major teaching spaces, social spaces and department offices are visible from the atrium exposing passersby to the inner life of the building. It is conceived as a beacon of global learning with interior spaces that facilitate a rich, worldly dialogue on issues facing the nation and world.
The president of the university said, “Connecting the classroom to the world outside our walls is at the core of the college’s mission. The initiatives reflect our commitment to meet the needs of our students and graduates in a complex, rapidly changing world.”