Aug 122010

When the George W. Johnson Center on Mason’s Fairfax Campus opened in 1996, it was on the cutting edge of university architectural design and innovative thinking about learning spaces.

Back then, the Washington Post called it a “mall of knowledge.” With its fountain, tall lamp posts, hanging banners, large ornamental staircases, and food court, it does look a bit like a mall. But it also has a library, plenty of computer labs and study areas, and offices for university programs and services. Fulfilling its goal as the center of campus, physically and metaphorically, “the JC” has become the place to meet, eat, and study.

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