The West FloMo community is an exemplary model of residential diversity. with a complex makeup of houses that range from Four-Class to Upperclass. Students living in these houses have the chance to interact with a wide range of peers who live together to create a distinct residential experience.
West Florence Moore Hall (West FloMo) is a centrally located 4 class dorm made up of four individual houses: Gavilan, Loro, Mirlo, and Paloma.
Each house has its own unique character and culture that vary quite substantially from year to year. Residents who value the opportunity to define and create their own residential experiences will greatly enjoy the wide potential that is possible to students living in West FloMo.
Located just a short walk from the Tresidder Student Union, Campus Bookstore, Lake Lagunita, and the Row, West FloMo is an ideal location for students who are actively involved in both the academic and social life of the Stanford community.
Lydia Tan is Managing Director of Real Estate for the Oakland A’s, where she oversees the development of the team’s new ballpark district at Howard Terminal and redevelopment of the Oakland Coliseum. Prior to joining the A’s, she held senior level executive positions at a number of regional and national real estate development & investment companies. Her prior work included more than two decades focused on developing affordable housing and investing in underserved communities. Lydia holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University, and an A.B. Architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
A registered architect, Lydia is keenly interested in creating great places in the urban environment and fostering a sense of community at all scales. As a result, she spends much of her volunteer time on a variety of policy, philanthropic, academic and other efforts that are focused on this topic. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the S.H. Cowell Foundation, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, and SPUR. In addition, she serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, as well as Stanford Real Estate Council. Her hobbies include drumming, jewelry making, reading and eating John’s cooking.
John Barton is Director of Stanford’s Architectural Design Program and a licensed architect . He is a former member of the Palo Alto City Council and also served two terms on the Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education. His practice has spanned nearly thirty-five years and has received numerous design awards including an AIACC Honor Award in Urban Design for collaborative work on high-speed rail options in Palo Alto. He was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2013. John has an extensive record of regional community involvement. He was appointed by the State Legislature to help draft California’s Master Plan for Education K-16. He is a founding member of the Community Working Group that built the Opportunity Center in Palo Alto.
John received his B.A. and Master’s Degrees in Architecture from UC Berkeley. John’s interests include reading (fiction plus American and European history), cooking, playing lacrosse, and watching college football. While at Berkeley he met and married Lydia. They have two adult sons.
Gavilan and Loro are 4-class residences. Mirlo and Paloma are Upper Class residences.
Additional Community Information
What’s the coolest thing about your house and community?
Four distinct houses allow intimacy of smaller dorms while enjoying the perks and resources only available to a large dorm. As a four class dorm, we enjoy the enthusiasm of our freshmen and benefit from the experience of our upper class. Physically, West Flo is filled with lots of lounges and community spaces for gathering, studying and fun. The awesome dining hall and outdoor courtyard with pizza oven and Sunday Indian cuisine are considered among the best food experiences on campus.
What’s your favorite event or tradition in your house?
We are looking forward to planning the best events with staff. Events to date this year have included S’Mores Night, Cafe Night, Corgi-Con and Friday BBQ's.
Staff Applicant Information
What qualities make a successful West Flo Mo staff team member?
Most important is a commitment to working with the team to build a sense of community and fun at all levels of the dorm (hall, house, dorm wide). Given how diverse West Flo residents are, we are looking for an equally diverse staff, including those who are committed to creating a great Freshman experience and those who can engage upper classmen in meaningful ways. Athletes, artists, introverts, extroverts, engineers, gamers, environmentalists, culturalists, big thinkers, detailed oriented, and so on (you get the picture) are all needed!
What Should Applicants Know About the Selection Process at West Flo?
We strongly believe that the selection process should be designed for both RF’s and prospective staff to get to know each other in order to make an informed decision about the community they will help shape and who they will be working with. The selection process at West Flo is conducted in 3 stages:
- Our first opportunity to get to know prospective staff is through the written applications; we therefore encourage applicants to be thoughtful and genuine in their responses. We highly encourage applicants to include written recommendations from RF’s, RA’s, instructors and employers.
- From a review of written applications we select a long-list for individual interviews in our RF cottage. These one-on-one interviews are an opportunity for us and prospective staff to get to know each other on a personal level in an informal setting.
- We then invite a shortlist of applicants to group interviews where we ask them to jointly work on various fun and relevant problems. From there we create a prioritized list of candidates.
We put a lot of effort into creating an inclusive and open process, which has led to amazing staff members, many of whom will be life-long colleagues and friends.