Arizona State University


Arizona State University Master Plan Updates for Four Campuses

Tempe, Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona

Four campuses totaling 1,545 acres, Four campuses totaling 625 hectares

Architecture, Campus Planning, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning, Urban Planning and Design


To assess progress and changes since its 2006 campus master plan, Arizona State University (ASU) enlisted SmithGroupJJR to help determine the university's capacity for growth and to define building priorities for the next 10 years. In addition to updating the master plans for all four ASU campuses, the strategic update includes 20 principles and actions for sustainable design.

This unique framework provides a long-term, systematic commitment to sustainable goals steering development for each campus. Yet the master plan is also highly adaptable, allowing for ongoing flexibility as needs and growth opportunities arise in four very different environments – from the original and largest campus in Tempe, to the emerging campuses at West (Phoenix) and Polytechnic (Mesa), to the most recent start-up in downtown Phoenix.

ASU's commitment to the future has hardly gone unnoticed. The school is ranked in the top 16 of the "Green Honor Roll” for universities in The Princeton Review, and is rated as one of the top "up-and-coming” universities by U.S. News & World Report.

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