Princeton University 2026 Campus Plan

About the Project

The 2026 Campus Plan is the most comprehensive campus planning project ever undertaken at Princeton University. It will address most of the lands owned by the University and consider two planning horizons: a ten-year horizon to provide guidance for near-term capital planning and a thirty-year horizon to establish a broader strategy for development of the Princeton campus over the next generation.

The purpose of the Plan is to guide the growth and change of the Princeton University campus so that it continues to reflect the values and goals of the University and provide the best possible environment for Princeton students, faculty and staff.

Due to the extensive study area and the two planning horizons, the 2026 Campus Plan will not be a rigid master plan. Instead, it will be a framework providing clear but flexible guidance for decisions about campus development over the next three decades and beyond. For some areas of campus the Plan will provide details for specific development projects that are planned in the near term. For other areas of campus the plan will provide broader parameters for the type and scale of change that may take place over time as the University grows and responds to emerging priorities.

When the Plan is completed in 2016, it will include strategies for land use, campus design, landscape, infrastructure, sustainability, and all modes of movement and transportation. It will be respectful of the distinctive history and enduring traditions of the campus and of the interests and needs of the surrounding community. Most importantly, the Plan will address the critical elements of a successful campus, including spaces for teaching, learning, research, scholarship, community-building, housing, social life, athletics and recreation, the arts and culture, technology, and health, among others.

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The 2026 Campus Plan effort is overseen by a Campus Planning Steering Committee of senior University administrators and managed by the Office of the University Architect. They have selected a comprehensive team of qualified campus planning consultants who will work closely with the University and its stakeholders:

URBAN STRATEGIES INC.: Lead campus planning and design, public consultation and facilitation

BFJ PLANNING: Transportation planning

BURNS & MCDONNELL: Energy and electrical information technology infrastructure




MILLS + SCHNOERING ARCHITECTS: Historic architecture and cultural landscapes

NITSCH ENGINEERING: Storm water infrastructure

RICKES ASSOCIATES, INC.: Space utilization planning


TWO TWELVE: Wayfinding and graphic design

U3 ADVISORS: Real estate

VANASSE HANGEN BRUSTLIN, INC. (VHB): Technical disciplines lead; transportation planning and civil engineering

VAN NOTE – HARVEY ASSOCIATES, P.C.: Land use and civil engineering


ZIMMER GUNSUL FRASCA ARCHITECTS: School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) programming study

While each consulting firm brings expertise in specific disciplines, the consultant team is highly collaborative and integrated, so that contributing members inform each other’s work and identify solutions across disciplines.

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