Sonora Center Student Housing, ASU

Tempe, Arizona
In association with William Turnbull Associates, San Francisco

The first college residence to be built at ASU in 23 years, Sonora Center includes 412 four-person suites, a student activity center, a dining hall renovation and a central utility plant. It also laid the groundwork for future growth of south campus.


At the extension of Palm Walk, the tower of the student activity center marks entry to the project. The sequence and arrangement of the buildings define distinctly different outdoor courtyards, each with its own indigenous plantings and landscape. While creating a distinctive environment, the courtyards provide secure, usable space for the students and create the sense of an oasis. The complex of buildings integrates student living, recreation and education.

“This was a difficult, complex project with a tight schedule and many unknowns as it was getting off the ground. The Knoell & Quidort team was instrumental in working with administrators, students and other constituents to bring about creative, relevant program options and arrive at consensus.”

— Wayne Einbinder, Project Manager

“This takes ASU along the road to becoming a campus of learning and living.”

— Dr. Russel Nelson, ASU President

Awards + Publications

  • Award for Design Excellence, Honorable Mention – AIA Arizona, 1992

“The essence of the project is that it speaks of student life.”

— Awards Jury, AIA Arizona, 1992