An architectural response to the cultural idea of welcoming visitors must consider the identity of the school, and will invite visitors based on their diverse backgrounds. What cultural idea reflects the collective memory of a diverse set of visitors? What does “to welcome” look like in architecture?
A doorway was selected as a metaphor to this question and was executed quite literally in designing architectural form. The challenge for the architecture is to accommodate the program and exist to create a lasting impression and experience for visitors that reflect the culture and place of Virginia Tech.