The University of Texas at Austin Master Plan

Urban planning, facilitation, urban design, graphic design


Facilitation and Design in Campus Master Planning

Working with the University of Texas at Austin was pretty close to a dream project. The project team and the client group fostered a strong, inventive process where everyone consistently produced great work, tested new ideas, and put together a beautiful and pragmatic plan.

I worked with the UT Austin team as a designer and planner, first developing a campus master plan (a guide for UT Austin's physical framework for development), and then developing a plan for the new Medical School.

Within that broad task comes a lot of time spent deciding how to prioritize ideas, projects, and the deployment of resources over time. I started to tinker around with a drawing (later dubbed "the mandala") to visually organize the different topics the plan would address. What was fascinating is how well the mandala worked for the group. We printed an enormous poster version and hung it in the working studio (the "war room") at UT Austin, and referred to it throughout the project. As absurd as it sounds to have a process drawing granted such a lofty-sounding name, it was thrilling to see how visually organizing ideas helped give the large client group and our project team a shared vocabulary.

I also directed the sustainability planning effort for the team, in addition to establishing the visual design direction and designing the final The Executive Summary and final Campus Master Plan. We completed the Medical District District Master Plan in Spring 2013.

The Executive Summary

The UT Austin Campus Master Plan

The Medical District Master Plan

Client: The University of Texas at Austin. Project conducted while at Sasaki Associates


A spread from the UT Austin Campus Master Plan

A spread from the UT Austin Campus Master Plan

"The mandala"