Lincoln University
Lincoln University Living Learning Center
Project Type
Square Footage
Construction Cost
$22 Million

The Thurgood Marshall Living Learning Center

was a collaboration process led by Kelly/Maiello and a committee consisting of Lincoln’s President, faculty, and students.  The committee developed the program for a 150,000 SF dormitory/dining complex on a 16 acre site.  The master plan and design for the Thurgood Marshall Living-Learning Center reaffirms the best traditions of Lincoln University, while suggesting a means to shape the future of the growing campus.  The intention in designing the new facility, the university’s largest in area and most diverse programmatically was to fix the problem of the sprawling campus by spreading the building and breaking its mass into site specific building elements that help to organize, clarify and enrich the campus of which they are a part.  The project received an honor award for design excellence from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Design Principles:

Five organizing principles guided the design by which the Thurgood Marshall Living Learning Center transformed the campus:  definition of edges, introduction of gateways, creation of framed views, establishment of the quadrangle model, and reconstitution of the landscape.

The Living Learning Center creates a central axis for the campus.  The main visual axis is composed of a new campus green, ringed by a ceremonial drive and walkway leading to a formal forecourt and symbolic entry pavilion.

The minor axis, perpendicular to the central axis, serves as an informal entrance to the dormitory wings, and is the main pedestrian route to the complex from other dormitories on campus.  The two axes intersect at an arcade which frames the main axial view to the rolling hills and open farmland to the west.  The dormitory wings were sited to create quadrangles with existing dormitories and future buildings as the campus grows.

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Photo credits:  Halkin | Mason Photography