Multicultural Center at Western Illinois University

This project brings together four independent study organizations previously scattered across campus.

Campus Ethnic and Gender Diversity Center

Educational, Social, and Cultural Programs

With few precedents set for the unique Multicultural Center, 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.

Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL

Square Footage
21,900 square feet