New Home for Asian, Latina, & LGBTQ Advising within the Office of Intercultural Education
The renovation of Acorns House, a historic building on Wellesley College’s campus was the result of a student driven initiative. Acorns House was originally designed by the architecture firm Compton + Pierce in 1955 for the Dean of Students. Acorns House is slated to become the new home for Asian, Latina and LGBTQ Advising within the Office of Intercultural Education. The primary challenge was to design a space that could accommodate multiple cultures and be sensitive to the original design intent. Through facilitating focus groups with faculty, staff, and students and contributing our skills as architects, our office was able to design a multi-cultural center that reflected multiple, intersecting identities, created spaces for different required services, and maintained the structural integrity of Acorns House.