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Kimball Hall

House Description

661 Escondido Road Stanford, CA 94305
East Campus
Gerhard Quad
Housing Theme Type: 
Theme Name: 
Arts and Performing Arts

Photograph of Kimball Hall community members on house retreat.

As the Arts and Performing Arts Academic Theme House, Kimball Hall thrives as a hub of creative activity on campus. Located in the Gerhard Casper Quad, Kimball has a music practice room, art studio, and a large lounge with excellent acoustics, lighting system, two grand pianos and a fireplace. Kimball offers residents frequent performance and exhibition opportunities, arts activities and trips to Bay Area performances.

Each year student staff members, pre-assigns and visiting artists offer workshops across a wide range of creative disciplines, from visual and performing arts to music, writing, martial arts, yoga and meditation. Kimball frequently hosts performing artists through Stanford Live, and the residence is closely tied to initiatives within Residential Arts and the Stanford Arts Institute.

Resident Fellows

Resident Fellow Names: 
Rich & Marlene Ford



Photograph of the 2018-19 Resident Fellows.

Marlene Williams Ford is a trademark and IP partner with Nixon Peabody LLP in San Francisco.  She has an international practice with clients in high tech, textiles, wine and spirits and hospitality.  She was born in Germany and lived there for two years after college and now speaks fluent German—an advantage in her practice and in getting the freshest asparagus in Hamburg during spargelzeit.  She danced during college in Berkeley and developed an enduring love of modern dance, which she has passed on to her daughter Ella, who now dances with ODC in San Francisco and has performed with the company during their holiday show, the Velveteen Rabbit.  She’s always been very interested in social justice, women’s issues and gender equity.  She loves the Lord of Rings trilogy—both the books and the Peter Jackson films—the work of Ursula Le Guin and Game of Thrones.

Marlene and Rich have two kids: Cole going into 9thgrade and Ella going into 5th grade in 2018.  Cole and Ella both love all things Harry Potter, Modern Family, The Flash, Phineas and Ferb, Star Wars, Miles Davis and Peanuts.  Cole enjoys science, math, poetry and creative writing, music—saxophone and piano—and sports—basketball, tennis and cross country.  Ella loves drawing, dance and music—piano and voice; she studies both modern dance and ballet, performs with ODC in San Francisco.  Her favorite musicians are Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett.

Rich, Marlene, Cole and Ella are thrilled to join the community at Kimball Hall!

Richard Thompson Ford is the George E. Osborne Professor of Law at Stanford where he teaches Employment Discrimination, Local Government, Critical Theory and Jurisprudence, Critical Race Theory, Introduction to Anti-Discrimination Law, an Intro Sem on Law and Inequality and supervises a Policy Lab on Managing Gentrification with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development of the City and County of San Francisco.  He’s written two books selected as Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times: The Race Card and Rights Gone Wrong and is currently working on a book about Dress Codes.  He writes regularly about legal affairs, race relations and the relationship between law and fashion—he has written for the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, The New Republic, and Slate where he was a regular contributor for several years.  He is currently a regular columnist for The American Interest and member of the editorial Board of Stanford University Press.  He enjoys early 20thcentury European and American painting and sculpture, modern architecture and decorative arts, mid-century film, especially film noir and even more especially French New Wave/film noir, such as the work of Jean-Pierre Melville and Jean Luc Godard, James Bond, 80’s Mod-ska, mystery and spy novels, anything written by Italo Calvino or George Orwell, modal jazz and modern dance.  

Community Information

Residence Type: 
Upper Class
Number of Residents: 

Exterior photograph of Kimball Hall

What’s the coolest thing about your house and community?

As Stanford’s arts theme dorm, Kimball is home to a richly diverse community of arts-oriented pre-assigns, transfers, and other students of all majors. Kimball offers creative classes for credit, arts workshops, live performances, a music practice room, and a visual arts space with easels and drafting tables. While many residents in Kimball engage actively in the arts, others simply enjoy living within a vibrant creative community. At any hour of the day, you are likely to find students engaged in creative practice in the common spaces: a student practicing piano in the main lounge, an oil painter laying out her palette in the art studio, a group of actors doing improv in the meeting room. In short, Kimball offers a warm, collaborative atmosphere where you can truly “Live in the Arts.”

What qualities make a successful Kimball staff team member? 

The ideal Kimball staff member is above all present, engaged, and committed to the well being of our residents. While many of our staff members are actively involved with arts related events and workshops, all staff members work hard to foster a close-knit and supportive community. Among other wellness related activities, we offer weekly meditation sessions and QPR training each quarter.

What’s your favorite event or tradition in your house? 

One of our favorite in-house events is the Kimball Arts Jam, a pan-arts performance and open mic night on a number of evenings throughout the quarter. The Arts Jam brings Kimball residents and students from across campus together to perform and share their love of visual arts, music, dance, spoken word, stand-up and other forms of creative expression. We also love getting outdoors—RFs and staff members have led trips to Yosemite, Mount Shasta and Death Valley, and Kimball is home to Trees Underwater (find us on Facebook), a group of more than 400 members devoted to scuba diving.

Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment


How Rooms Are Assigned

Pre-assigned residents will receive spaces based upon the house's configuration.

Tier Requirement

Pre-assignment to Kimball REQUIRES the use of a TIER TWO housing choice.

Additional Requirements

  • Demonstrate interest and active engagement in the arts.  Please provide examples such as a list of performances, exhibitions, publications, collaborations or other artistic works.  You need not submit a portfolio or recording, but we would like to see more than a simple list if possible- please describe your activities and how you would contribute to the experience at Kimball.  Also, please describe an arts related event you would like to help plan for the dorm. You don’t need to be an outstanding talent or professional level artist--just someone who is interested in and engaged with the arts (and more importantly with the Kimball community as a while.)  We are as interested in your enthusiasm as we are in your talent!

    Requirements for Pre-Assigned Residents of Kimball

    If assigned to Kimball you will:

    1. Help enliven our arts community in ways large and small.
    2. Have the opportunity to collaborate with other artists in the Kimball community.
    3. Share creative work in dorm performances and exhibitions in quarterly events.
    4. Earn a specified number of "pre-assign points" per year by leading or attending arts related Kimball events and workshops.

    House Staff

    Resident Assistants (RA)
    : 8
    Resident Computing Consultant (RCC)
    : 2
    Peer Health Educator (PHE)
    : 1