President Richard C. Levin has announced that the University is conducting a study of Yale's campus buildings and grounds to assist in the physical planning for the campus in the future.
"Over the past few years, we have undertaken the renovation of many buildings on campus and planned for the renewal of many others," said Levin. "This new study is intended to provide long-term guidance as we proceed -- by defining appropriate design standards for the various campus precincts, by proposing possible locations for new buildings and improvements in landscaping, and by considering how our renovation program might encourage, architecturally and programmatically, a closer relationship with the city that surrounds us. The study will provide for us a set of broad guidelines and identify specific opportunities; it will not commit us to a rigid, inflexible 'master plan.'"
To assist in the study, Yale has retained a team of consultants, headed by Cooper, Robertson & Partners of New York City, an architecture and urban design firm. Also on the team: the Olin Partnership, a landscape architecture firm from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Two Twelve Group, a graphics firm founded in New Haven and now located in New York, and Hunnicutt Davis, a traffic and transportation firm from Norwalk, Connecticut. Also working on the study are the Urban Design Workshop, led by Associate Dean of Architecture Alan Plattus; David DeLong of the University of Pennsylvania, who is concentrating on historic resources; Yale-affiliated Daniel Ryan, who is focusing on sociological aspects; and Donald Watson, who is overseeing the environmental component.
Vice President for Finance and Administration Joseph P. Mullinix is overseeing the study team's work.