URBAN DESIGN International

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 363–381 | Cite as

Master-planning the American campus: goals, actions, and design strategies

  • Amir H. HajrasoulihaEmail author
Original Article


This research identified common goals, actions, and design strategies of university campus master plans in the USA, by analyzing 50 randomly selected master plans. Four design strategies were distilled, based on the top goals and actions: transition from (1) a deficient campus to a complete campus, (2) an isolated campus to a contextual campus, (3) a fragmented campus to a cohesive campus, and (4) a brown campus to an ecological campus. In addition, seven campus form dimensions were distilled: (1) land use organization (arrangement of space and facilities), (2) compactness, (3) connectivity, (4) spatial configuration, (6) campus living, (7) greenness, and (8) context. These seven dimensions can provide a theoretical framework for analyzing campus form and guide future empirical research in this area.


campus masterplan content analysis learning environment design strategy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of City and Regional PlanningCalifornia Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis ObispoUSA

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