Project Director / Design Team Leader (concept design phase) with William McDonough + Partners

Marking the corner of the historic campus Quad, the 75,000-sf LEED-Gold facility provides a new social hub for the student body and sets a new standard of performance for American University. The School of International Service (SIS) is dedicated to public service, environmental stewardship, human rights, and social justice. Working closely with the client, Lance developed an innovative strategy to promote the school’s mission by using fair trade practices to source products from poverty-stricken regions. Aid through trade. Lance’s subsequent writing and research on the concept of “material justice” influenced the development of the SEED Network and the USGBC Social Equity pilot credits. See "The Ethics of Brick" and "Toward A Humane Environment."  

PRESS: The Architects Newspaper, ArchDaily, World Architecture News

“Lance’s powerful vision was a building made from materials that enhance human dignity.” — Paul Wapner, American University

Photos by Prakash Patel