There’s a basic photography principal called the “Rule of Thirds.” In short, it means “don’t center the subject of your photo.” The idea is that a non-centered subject creates a more visually dynamic and interesting composition.
But as we all know, rules are meant to be broken.
Emphasizing symmetry is a good reason to have your subject smack dab in the middle of the frame. The shadows cast by the pillars outside Kane Hall complete a full rectangular pattern that makes this composition interesting. It works well with a centered vanishing point. The person helps draw the eye in and gives a sense of scale.