Our design for the Dickinson College Residence Hall takes material inspiration from the surrounding historic campus. The High Street façade is made of limestone, while a back façade of standing seam zinc and glass responds to a more casual lawn (and future quadrangle) to the south, anticipating the institution’s future growth. Both materials respond to the existing campus, while maintaining a new, distinctive exterior.
The LEED Platinum building’s E-shaped plan creates a pair of small courtyards to break up the building’s massing. Circulation spaces—all of which have windows inviting natural light and open views—double as social spaces with seating and study nooks.
Through a four-month process of intaking advice from university members, we were able to identify and incorporate the students’ needs, from room design and social spaces to gender-neutral bathrooms that are inclusive and comfortable.
Carefully calibrated to student life, the new residence hall helped re-center the collegiate experience and create a cohesive, inclusive, and flexible community within.
Key People
Rhoda Kennedy
Project Lead
Aaron Plewke
Project Manager

Deborah Berke Partners

Architect and Interior Designer


Landscape Architect

Kohler Ronan

MEP Engineer

Steven Winter Associates

LEED/Environmental Consultant

PHT Lighting

Lighting Consultant

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LEED Platinum certification

U.S. Green Building Council

Design Award of Honor

SARA New York Council

Architectural Record

November 2018

Innovation in Residential Building Award

U.S. Green Building Council Central PA Leadership Awards

Citation for Design

AIA New York State


Bird's eye photograph of building site and context
Site plan and adjacent campus layout.
Site plan and adjacent campus layout.
Floor plan.
Floor plan.