Merit - SCUP Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus

The University of Texas at San Antonio

UTSA Campus Master Plan
The University of Texas at San Antonio - UTSA Campus Master Plan
Jury Comments
“really graphically compelling narrative that is beautifully orchestrated . . . strong plan and a strong vision for the campus . . . nice incorporation of paseos and green spaces to provide a center/heart to the campuses”


    • Site – 760 acres; Building – 3.3 million gsf (main future • build-out) / 20 million gsf (downtown future build-out).
    • The master plan supports expanded enrollment—from
      30,000 students to 45,000 by 2028.
    • The plan calls for nearly 5.3 million gsf of new educational space.
    • The Discovery Survey, an interactive online activity, helped the planning
      team understand how students, staff, and faculty experience the campuses and what they value. Nearly 4,000 responses were received.
    • The Main Campus framework builds upon a network of paseos, with specific programmatic plazas providing destinations at each terminus.
    • New academic and research facilities on the
      Main Campus are clustered around the campus
      core, ensuring a rich and accessible pedestrian environment.
    • The plan reorganizes the Main Campus vehicular circulation into a loop road at the perimeter of the campus with access to parking garages.


The UTSA Campus Master Plan provides a vision to support President Taylor Eighmy’s goal of one university distributed over multiple campuses. From an isolated original campus with a disconnected satellite campus downtown, the plan guides UTSA to become a networked campus ecosystem, woven into the fabric of San Antonio. The plan encourages development that promotes community partnerships and embraces urban environment, arts, and culture; supports a robust academic research enterprise; increases access to open spaces; promotes pedestrian orientation; encourages mixed-use; pursues public-private partnerships; develops diverse housing options; and creates a complete, comprehensive campus. Connections to historic neighborhoods, transportation hubs, cultural amenities, and industry partners project the university as a catalyst for positive growth and improvement in this district.

On the Main Campus, rather than hard lines between academic, student housing, and research uses, the plan mixes use to encourage collaboration between all three. The areas between each of these districts provide dynamic spaces for engagement. On the Downtown Campus, the location of academic and research programs near key business enterprises creates symbiotic relationships between the university, private research entities, and allied businesses.

The master plan for the Downtown Campus promotes the transformation from an inward-focused to an urban- integrated environment. A bridge to the Westside neighborhood breaks a physical rail barrier and connects residents
to shared services. The plan also envisions the occupation of space beneath an interstate as active uses, supporting the City of San Antonio’s plan to reimagine this space for public use and connecting the campus to the rest of the downtown. Directly adjacent, a new Buena Vista Pavilion turns the existing plaza outward and provides a gateway to the heart of the campus for students and the community to interact.

Project Team

Page; Work5hop; DLR Group; Facilities Programming and Consulting; Alliance Transportation Group, Inc.; Ximenes & Associates