Old Dominion University’s newest residence hall is designed to promote a culture of learning. Owens House is the first residence hall on the Old Dominion University campus designed to host living-learning communities. Its two classrooms, project rooms, and ample study space provide plenty of space for students to engage in course-specific work guided by access to professors’ guidance and instruction. Blending this academic space with a learning commons and “great hall” living room encourages this rigorous work of study and inquiry to feed the social fabric of the community.

Named for the first African-American rector of Old Dominion University, the 500-bed residence hall honors Dr. Hugo Owens, dentist, civil rights activist, and long-time supporter of the university. Housing a living learning community dedicated to the STEM-H honors Dr. Owens’ successful career in dentistry and commitment to community. Meanwhile, prominent environmental graphics and displays will honor his life and work in the building’s primary public spaces.

Old Dominion University’s newest residence hall is designed to promote a culture of learning. Owens House is the first residence hall on the Old Dominion University campus designed to host living-learning communities. Its two classrooms, project rooms, and ample study space provide plenty of space for students to engage in course-specific work guided by access to professors’ guidance and instruction. Blending this academic space with a learning commons and “great hall” living room encourages this rigorous work of study and inquiry to feed the social fabric of the community.

Named for the first African-American rector of Old Dominion University, the 500-bed residence hall honors Dr. Hugo Owens, dentist, civil rights activist, and long-time supporter of the university. Housing a living learning community dedicated to the STEM-H honors Dr. Owens’ successful career in dentistry and commitment to community. Meanwhile, prominent environmental graphics and displays will honor his life and work in the building’s primary public spaces.

ODU Owens House Aerial

Client: Old Dominion University

Location: Norfolk, VA

Discipline: Residence Life

Completion: 2019

Size: 165,000 SF