Sited near the campus entrance, the admissions center is one
of the first buildings that visitors see when entering Brandeis. First
impressions were important to our clients when we began talks about design.
Several questions became the basis of our work: How might the building
accommodate large numbers of people and still feel intimate? How could the
architecture impress—but not overwhelm—prospective students?
We knew Brandeis well when we started this project: Charles
Rose Architects completed the Campus
from the admissions center—in 2002. We linked the admissions building
closely to the campus center by creating another sculptural design with
limestone and abundant glass. The ground floor public space needed to be able
to accommodate 100 visitors at a time. To create a more personal and intimate
feel, we designed three separate waiting areas rather than herd people into one
large area. The waiting areas are warm and light-filled; one has a fireplace; all have generous views of the