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.
A signature living-learning community will be built near Harrison and Morgan Streets to provide residential accommodations for 500 students, more than 51,000 square feet of academic space (primarily classrooms), and 1,600 square feet of retail dining. Additionally, the Engineering Innovation Building is scheduled to have groundbreaking occur before the end of 2017 and an anticipated completion date by spring 2019. The building’s 50,000+ square feet will include space for Chemical Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Civil and Material Engineering. Read more about both buildings featured in the UIC News article, “Campus Improvements” here.
The UIC master plan – Envisioning Our Future: 2017-2027 Plan provides inspirational and data-driven recommendations for UIC’s physical campus development over the next ten years. Serving as an update to the 2010 UIC Campus Master Plan, this plan was developed using historical data, strategic growth plans, past planning efforts and an in-depth space capacity analysis. Anticipated growth in student enrollment and changing educational demands all impact the future of UIC’s physical environment. This plan addresses these needs by providing thoughtful recommendations that will allow UIC to continue to serve as a modern world-class research university. For more information about the UIC Master Plan and to access the executive summary please follow the link here.
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.
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.
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.