New Mexico State University, Associated Students of NMSU Center for the Arts

Located at a prominent entry point to a previously introverted campus, the Center serves as a gateway for the community. Drawing from the geographical context, the building is inspired by Southwestern colors, materials, and topography. An ‘arroyo,’ a land formation typical of New Mexico, became inspiration for the multi-story lobby, which resembles a pathway carved by running water in a flat desert environment. Travertine walls, large skylights, site specific murals, and a series of terraces oriented for views of the iconic Organ Mountain range all serve to connect the building to its surrounding landscape.

Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico