Situated adjacent to a forest of cathedral pines, this 25,000-square-foot facility contains faculty offices for 40 professors, and 12 teaching spaces ranging from 12-person seminar rooms to a 50-person tiered-floor classroom. It is the third building on the University's College of Liberal Arts campus, and completes a composition which creates a quadrangle between the buildings.

To accommodate both a human scale, deemed appropriate to a liberal arts mission, and the naturalness of the wooded site, the bottom third of the building is set below grade, its upper third is tucked within the eaves of the roof, and the exterior is clad in wood battened siding. The submerged floor surrounds an outdoor, sunken terrace with cafe tables and chairs that brings daylight into the sub-grade rooms. Here, a wooden pagoda marks the main entrance to the lower level and assumes an arts and crafts image in the spirit of good humanities fun. The quadrangle is ornamented with copper and bronze floral motifs that serve as roof scuppers and light fixtures.

Photography © Norman McGrath, Peter Aaron/Esto, David Sundberg/Esto