Westmont College

Global Leadership Center

Santa Barbara, California

Having successfully completed the design and construction of Winters Hall and Adams Center for the Visual Arts, we were hired by Westmont College to undertake a major building project—the Global Leadership Center. Realizing that returning 4th-year students were opting to find housing off-campus after their year abroad, the College engaged us to develop a housing prototype that would be attractive to older students. Combined with this, was the College’s creation of a Global Learning Program that could be integrated with the student residences, providing a living/learning environment for a core group of students. Architecturally, the buildings are designed as “tree houses,” nestled among the site’s native oak groves, employing wood and stone to blend with the natural environment. The Commons Building is divided into two segments, reducing its mass while encouraging pedestrian flow through the building.

Project Data

44,874 gsf

Program & Highlights

140 student beds in three-bedroom suites
Communal kitchens
Commons with multipurpose room, game room/TV room
Group study rooms
Business center
Visiting faculty studio apartment
Resident Director apartment & office space
Fitness center
Catering kitchen for leadership functions
Laundry facilities


General Contractor: MATT Construction
Structural Engineer: John A. Martin & Associates
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: Buro Happold
Civil Engineer: Mac Design Associates
Audio/Visual: Multi-Media Consulting, Inc
Lighting: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Landscape Architect: Van Atta Associates
Photography: Eric Staudenmaier