Welcome to the Office of the University Architect

The Office of the University Architect is the University’s physical and capital planning office. It establishes an integrated vision of the physical campus landscape and facilities and articulates the associated capital plan and budget. Its staff of planners, designers, and policy analysts provide leadership, counsel and oversight regarding campus planning, landscape and architectural design, strategic sustainability and energy planning, and space and capital resource planning for the University of Washington's three campuses and associated properties. Read more...

The Office of the University Architect is the University’s physical and capital planning office. It establishes an integrated vision of the physical campus landscape and facilities and articulates the associated capital plan and budget. Its staff of planners, designers, and policy analysts provide leadership, counsel and oversight regarding campus planning, landscape and architectural design, strategic sustainability and energy planning, and space and capital resource planning for the University of Washington's three campuses and associated properties. Oversight and integration of these various disciplines is managed by OUA staff who sit and advise on many campus committees including the University of Washington Architectural Commission (UWAC), the University Landscape Advisory Committee (ULAC) and the University of Washington Public Arts Commission (UWPAC).

OUA’s mission is to ensure continuity of the University’s commitment to design and planning excellence, and advise university leadership on how to accomplish and practice active, innovative stewardship and development of these campus environments. We assist the Provost by developing and managing the university’s long range capital plan, capital budget, and space allocation process, among other key university physical development and program planning initiatives. In partnership with many university and community colleagues, we conceive, initiate and guide architectural, landscape, campus, urban design, sustainability, and infrastructure projects supporting the unique qualities of each campus environment and its future use and development. We care about the human experience of the whole University environment, from its historic and contemporary buildings, its academic, research and student life facilities, its open spaces, paths, plantings and public art. We attend to many of the details involved in planning the wise use of resources in shaping its functionality, sustainability, and internationally recognized visual beauty.

 

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