Office of the Campus Architect

The Office of the Campus Architect (OCA) serves as the steward of the physical campus at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  This responsibility encompasses the design of facilities, grounds and signage, and coordination of exterior art, historic preservation, and campus master planning efforts.

The OCA is responsible for the development and interpretation of design standards for building exteriors, interior public spaces, and grounds and for the design review of all new projects.  The goal is to ensure that renovations and new developments adhere to the campus master plan, design standards and enhance the physical environment.

The Campus Architect is an ex officio member of Professional Service Consultant selection committees and serves as Chair of the UIC Chancellor’s Design Review Committee.

Featured Projects

The Interior Signage Standards  were developed by the Office of the Campus Architect (OCA) per the request of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services and the Vice Chancellor for Public and Government Affairs to refresh and unify room identification and wayfinding signage across campus interior spaces. Please be sure to check the Design Standards page for this and other design standards here.

 

Exterior Design Standard Existing Building Update Image

The Exterior Design Standards for Existing Buildings were developed by the Office of the Campus Architect (OCA) in the effort to maintain the original character and design intent of University of Illinois at Chicago buildings.  The new standards are applicable to minor repair and renovation work on existing buildings at the University. This includes minor work on building facades and all roof and exterior MEP work.  Please be sure to check the Design Standards page for this and other design standards here.

 

Under the direction of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services and the Vice Chancellor for Public and Government Affairs, the Office of the Campus Architect has collaborated with the UIC Marketing and Brand Management and UI Health Marketing and Strategic Communications teams to produce newly designed campus building signage.  The new blue building signs will gradually replace the existing signage in a continued effort to refresh and unify the campus’ identity.

Grounds Standard Update Image

Under the direction of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, the Office of the Campus Architect has produced design standards for campus grounds.  These standards are to be used when renovating or designing new grounds elements at UIC and will provide visual coherence for campus grounds.  Please be sure to check the Design Standards page for this and other design standards here.

 

The Interior Finish Standards for Public Spaces includes stipulations for what surfaces can and can not be painted throughout all UIC buildings.  Familiarize yourself with the standard for painting in all University of Illinois at Chicago State supported buildings here.