We teamed with the University of Virginia to create a bold vision to transform its Ivy Corridor site into a powerful campus nexus. The resulting framework is dynamic, flexible, and forward-thinking. It empowers the university to fulfill its mission objectives both now and far into the future. It revolves around guiding principles, a long-term vision for the campus, a series of priority projects and potential scenarios, and organizing ideas for the creation of adaptive convening spaces.
The key physical planning idea is to use the site's existing stream corridor as a powerful ecological and place-making asset. This idea allows the plan to re-envision 14 acres of disorganized suburban development into a cohesive district that maximizes green space, development potential, improves stormwater function, and enhances overall connectivity of Grounds. It also maximizes the site's potential as a gateway district to the Lawn (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and improves the university's aesthetic image while providing a living laboratory for ecological study.
From a program perspective, we worked with multiple academic units and student life leaders to maximize the site's potential to act as a convening space, and a place where ideas from different disciplines can collide, integrate, and forge bold solutions to the world's problems while also enhancing the student experience.