University of Michigan


Five Decades of Campus Master Planning and Design

“The enduring nature of this long-standing relationship is, in itself, eloquent testimony to the high professional regard in which we hold this firm.”

—Frederick Mayer, Former Asst. Dir. of Capital Planning


When SmithGroupJJR created the University’s first campus master plan in 1963, the framework planning process was considered groundbreaking. The plan went on to guide campus development for over four decades with an approach that has since been widely adopted throughout the profession.

Since completing that original plan, SmithGroupJJR has created new or updated master plans for the Medical, North, Central and South Campuses, as well as the Dearborn and Flint regional campuses. The firm has also designed many of the University’s iconic campus spaces, including The Diag and Ingalls Mall, the entry plazas for Michigan Stadium, and the Engineering Center Plaza, with its 240-foot-long reflecting pool and fountain.

This 50-year legacy of collaboration and innovation continues with the Ross School of Business. The site design showcases several sustainable firsts for the campus and serves as a model for innovative approaches to stormwater management in the Midwest.