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Architectural Vocabulary
Character features of the architecture of the campus are grouped into two categories—“residential” and “academic, student services, and support” buildings. The accompanying charts are not exhaustive, but attempt to show features that are the most typical on campus, as well as some features that occur in only limited locations.

A large number of the buildings on campus—spanning over five decades of development—have key character features consistent with the previously mentioned mid-century modern style: flat roofs, long horizontal groupings of windows with raised frames and eyebrow overhangs, and smooth plain wall surfaces of painted concrete or stucco. While a group of buildings from the 1970s abandoned this character expression, recent buildings have obviously used it as a source. The net effect of these features, and their lack of ornamentation, has produced a campus that is generally consistent and somewhat reserved. Beyond the idiosyncratic student center, the campus generally is lacking the architectural flourishes and iconic imagery that can be powerful identity elements for a university, its student and alumni populations, and the outside community.

Image graph showing architectural vocabulary

Image graph showing architectural vocabulary


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