"The real design challenge was to make the exterior lively, while maintaining the International Style of the surrounding campus."
Architectural Record, February 1995

The 10,000 square foot Shapiro Admissions Center was originally designed in the 1950s by Harrison and Abramovitz as Mailman Hall, a plain-looking commuter student retreat. To renovate it for admissions, the university felt that the building needed to be more visible, easy to identify, accessible to all, and inviting. Centerbrook transformed the 1950s building into a lively new visitors center rendered in a fresh International Style. The new design contains the admissions department, including a large reception room, a presentation hall, conference rooms, 14 interview offices, and a processing/clerical center. A variety of furniture pieces were designed by Centerbrook for use throughout the building.

Photography © Steve Rosenthal