PLANNING

Stanford University Near West Campus
Palo Alto, California, USA

Stanford University Near West Campus Redevelopment & Connective Element Plan:
A comprehensive plan for the redevelopment of the Near West Campus was completed for one million s.f. of new and renovated academic facilities. A primary planning goal was to establish an identity for the region while strengthening the symbolic and functional connections to the Main Quad, the center of Olmsted’s plan. The plan incorporates into the historic context of Stanford’s campus architecture; both the current direction in technology and the need for future expansion. The plan was awarded an Urban Planning and Design Citation in the 34th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards Program. This master plan was developed for Stanford University by the Principals of Architecture International when they were Principals at The Architects Collaborative.

After completing the 41-acre Near West Campus Plan, the outdoor spaces and arcade components were developed with Nishita and Carter, Inc. This collaborative team, with input from Stanford University, studied all major outdoor spaces, plazas and circulation corridors. In particular, cyclists, pedestrians and vehicular circulation were taken into account. Special care was given to grading that would protect existing trees, especially the oak groves enhancing the entrance to the Near West Campus. This plan was developed for Stanford University.