Engage. At its core, that’s the mission of NAU Center of International Education. And that was the driver behind RSP’s design of this 10,000 square foot multi-purpose performance venue, classroom and student activity center. Engaging design elements? Translucent, backlit amber panels with unfamiliar words highlighted on them form the exterior. The untranslatable words are designed to inspire dialogue and serve as a welcoming symbol of respect and conversation. Which is fitting for a building housing cross-cultural programming. The design supports the goal to bring people of diverse backgrounds together to discuss the global challenges we all face. It also supports NAU’s sustainability goals as the first higher education building in Arizona to achieve NetZero energy use and LEED-NC Platinum status.