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House Description

661 Escondido Road Stanford, CA 94305
East Campus
Gerhard Quad
Housing Theme Type: 
Pre-Assignment Programs
Theme Name: 

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Lantana is the design theme upper-class house, housing 106 students.

Lantana is part of the vibrant Gerhard Casper Quad.

An upper-class neighborhood complex housing approximately 425 students, and home to the acclaimed Gerhard Casper Dining Commons.

All of Lantana’s common spaces are located on the wheelchair-accessible first floor.

Through design-focussed programs and experiences, Lantana aims to foster empathy, belonging, and curiosity amongst residents. 

Resident Fellows

Resident Fellow Names: 
Rachelle and Scott Doorley

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Rachelle & Scott Doorley are designers, artists, teachers and authors whose goal is to help students approach life and work with a creative mindset and a designer’s eye. They both treasured their UCLA undergraduate experiences and are grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Lantana community.

Scott is the Creative Director and an adjunct professor at the Stanford He was integral in the design of the space and is co-author of the book, Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration. He was also a primary architect of the’s Stanford2025 project imagining the future of on-campus education in the next decade. With a background and degree in filmmaking from UCLA, Scott teaches classes at the intersection of media and design and lectures worldwide on design and creative work. Raised outside of Boston, Scott has a thing for alleys, minimalism, and all things sound. He is also happy to talk & share music at any moment. 

Rachelle is the founder of, author of the book TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors, and artist in residence in Palo Alto’s Cubberley Artist Studio Program (CASP). She has a BA in theater from UCLA and an Ed.M. in Education from Harvard. She has worked in costume design on movies at Warner Brothers & Universal Studios, and as an arts educator in museums around the nation including the MFA Boston and The DeYoung in SF. In her free time, Rachelle digs craft nights, kawaii culture, contemporary art, chai tea, and spending time with family. 

Scott & Rachelle’s two young daughters love to make things and are more imaginative and creative than their parents. Their home is fiercely guarded by Catie, Lantana’s rascal puppy-in-residence.

Community Information

Residence Type: 
Upper Class

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

We prefer the unconventional and unexpected to the regular and routine. Walk the halls and you might stumble on impromptu art show or find a hidden treasure in our claw machine. We love events that are story-worthy and memorable. Outside the house, we’ve ventured behind-the-scenes at the Exploratorium, been to broadway shows like Hamilton, played around with Aerial Yoga, taken big trips to Disneyland, gathered together with food trucks at the, and found our way to mystery concerts across the bay with Sofar Sounds. All of this fun is aimed at provoking conversations, inspiring creativity, and helping to make residents’ year in Lantana as unforgettable as their frosh year, but in a distinctly upper-class way.

What qualities make a successful Lantana staff team member? 

Lantana staff team members are excited to make the extra effort to propel upper-class dorm life beyond the ordinary. When appropriate, they are glad to dismiss the easiest path to pursue a more creative approach to build remarkable experiences that our upperclass residents won’t want to miss out on, and that they will feel proud to have helped produce. Collaborative problem-solving, design, and human-centered innovation skills and/or mindsets are a plus.

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

Our recipe for Lantana is designed with spoonfuls of fun, a dollop of comfort, and a dash of intrigue. We like surprises as much as we like to stop and take a breath. We love our mystery trips and we’d love to tell you about them, but we can’t because… they’re a mystery! We also like to experiment with our colleagues at the and serve up special treats from our Art-o-mat. It’s a vintage cigarette vending machine, refurbished to dispense original pieces of art. Kerplunk! A resident just traded two $5 bills for a slug carved out of soap and a small oil painting of orange tic-tacs. You could say our tradition is to be untraditional. 

Lantana Staff Selection Process

Helpful information about applying to Lantana

Letter(s) of recommendation:  Please be sure to include at least one letter of recommendation with your application. Letters from Resident Fellows (RFs) are preferred. In lieu of that, include a letter from someone who can speak to your leadership strengths and your ability to work in a community setting.

Interviews: Once applications are reviewed, applicants moving forward in the process will be invited to a Group Interview with RF’s and student staff. Candidates selected from the Group Interviews will be invited for Individual Interviews with the RF’s. 

Lantana Staff Requirements

In addition to the general staff requirements, Lantana Staff are also required to do the following:

  • Participate in the design theme
  • Collaborate with fellow staff members, pre-assigns, Graduate Fellow, and/or RF’s to plan design-focussed experiences
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings (Tuesday evenings)
  • Assist in the selection of 2020-2021 student staff and pre-assigns 
  • Organize and attend House Meetings

Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment

Lantana Assignment Process

Pre-assignment to Lantana will be considered for students who have an interest in Lantana's theme and, through their application, demonstrate the ability to contribute to the dorm's learning environment and creative community-building. Pre-Assignment to Lantana is a selective process with space to accept up to nine applicants. If selected, pre-assigned residents become members of the Design Squad with unique commitments to the program and the community.

Apply: You may apply as an individual or as a pair. Each member of the pair must complete their own application. If applying as a pair, clearly state who you are applying with and if you are willing to be accepted as an individual, or if you are solely applying as a pair. Placements are binding and it’s important to be clear about your intentions.

Room assignments: All pre-assigned residents are placed in singles. In some cases, pairs that request a two room double in their application may be accomodated. Room assignments cannot be guaranteed and pre-assigns do not select their rooms. Pre-assigns rooms are designated by staff. 

Tier Requirement: Pre-assignment to Lantana requires the use of a TIER THREE housing choice.

Commitments: Lantana pre-assigns must fulfill the following participation requirements:

  1. Fall Quarter: Attend a 1-unit experiential design course at Lantana every Wednesday, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  2. Winter and Spring Quarters: Attend four check-ins per quarter, each held at Lantana on a Wednesday, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  3. Participate in and lead design-driven experiences for Lantana residents, topic shaped with and assigned by the Resident Fellows and Graduate Fellow
  4. Collect Feedback and program evaluation with the Graduate Fellow
  5. Actively engage in dorm activities, events, and programs.  This can involve, but is not limited to, house meetings, speaker series, MakerSpace workshops, and outings.
  6. Attend 3+ Lantana events during fall quarter and 2+ Lantana events during winter and spring quarters.
  7. Fill volunteer roles as needed to support the delivery of extraordinary community-stoking events and excursions.
  8. Assist staff in planning and implementing at least one event per quarter.
  9. Fill volunteer roles as needed to support the delivery of extraordinary community-stoking events and excursions. 
  10. Commitment to living in Lantana for three quarters of 2020-2021 academic year.

House Staff

Community Resident Assistant (RA)
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