Mercyhurst University

When Keyman Asefi describes the new student union at Mercyhurst North East, he calls it a product of "emotional architecture."

I dare you, says the Mercyhurst University architecture design instructor, to enter that space and not feel something — energy, vitality. There's even a corner for contentment.

"I tried to shape an environment on multiple levels where students could hang out together, or be on their own; a place where they could feel motivated and creative. The design features random platforms where you can sit or stretch out. Either way, you create your own seating. There's mini-golf and other games. There are custom-built study pods where you can be alone. I used vibrant colors and floor-to-ceiling glass that lets in lots of natural light, and there's green turf on the walls to absorb sound."