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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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Part of vibrant Gerhard Casper Quad, a complex housing approximately 425 students in a mix of single rooms, double rooms, and some three-room quads. All common spaces are located on the wheelchair-accessible first floor of each building.

Situated in the East portion of Stanford University, Lantana enjoys an energizing community and excellent dining options as part of one of the more populated areas of campus.

Additionally, Lantana is located near Campus Drive providing easy access to local shopping as well as the Stanford Marguerite shuttle.

Resident Fellows

Resident Fellow Names: 
Rachelle and Scott Doorley


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. 

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Scott is the Creative Director and 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 ULCA, 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 Inventorsand 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 MFA Boston and The DeYoung. In her free time, Rachelle digs craft nights, kawaii culture, contemporary art, chai tea, and spending time with family. And she makes a mean enchilada.

Scott & Rachelle’s two young daughters are strong girls who love to make things and are more imaginative and creative than their parents. 

We both treasure our undergraduate experiences and are grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Lantana community.

Community Information

Residence Type: 
Upper Class

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

activities, to share in extraordinary designed experiences, and to collaboratively reimagine and build an optimistic upperclass community. Our programs have included the Exploratorium, Maker Faire, overnight camping inside the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cirque du Soleil, the San Francisco Symphony, outdoor theater, sand sculpting with champions, dining in the dark, maker-hour visits from the Spark Truck and other creative mixers with the and our local design/innovation network. 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 upperclass way.

What qualities make a successful Lantana staff team member? 

An ideal Lantana staff team member is excited to make the extra effort to propel upperclass dorm life beyond the ordinary. When appropriate, she/he is glad to dismiss the easiest path to pursue a more creative approach to create remarkable experiences that our upperclass residents won’t want to miss out on, and, that she/he 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? 

Let’s make it our tradition to be untraditional. Lantana is enjoying inventing its way forward. We prefer the unconventional and unexpected to the regular and routine. We’re drawn to events and activities that feel innovative, story-worthy and memorable. We enjoy experimenting with our colleagues at the and those connections will increasingly influence our community. We recently installed our Art-o-mat. It’s a refurbished cigarette vending machine that now dispenses 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. This is one quirky installation we hope to keep around for a while!

Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment

Tier Requirement

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

Additional Requirements

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.

If assigned to Lantana you must fulfill the following participation requirements:

  1. Complete 1-unit experiential design course (Tuesday evenings, Fall Quarter)
  2. Attend cohort meetings with staff and/or Resident Fellows (winter/spring)
  3. Participate in and lead projects for Lantana residents, topic shaped with and assigned by the Resident Fellows
  4. Collect Feedback and program evaluation with resident fellow(s)
  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. 

House Staff

Resident Assistants (RA)
: 3
Peer Health Educator (PHE)
: 1
Resident Computing Consultant (RCC)
: 1