Pacific Regional Conference | The Role of Discourse Today

March 27-29, 2019
University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO

Conference Slides

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Plenary Session

The Challenge of Vulnerability

Presented by Krista Trofka

Concurrent Sessions

An Enriching Campus Framework for Growth

Presented by Brodie Bain, Charles Brucker, Robert Sabbatini, Christine Taylor Thompson

An Implementable Master Plan for Access, Student Success, and Sustainable Growth

Presented by R. Umashankar, Mario Violich, John O. White

Biophilic Design at CSU’s Biology Building

Presented by Tracey Abel, Jennifer Cordes, Ara Massey, Joe von Fischer

Buildings From the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s: Rehab or Tear Down?

Presented by Chris Coulter, Stephanie Kingsnorth, Anthony Palazzo, Libby Ramirez

Connection Hubs: Creating Community in the Digital Age

Presented by Jeanne Chen, James H. Kolker, Neal Matsuno, Adam Padua

Culture and Collaboration – Planning the Chinese Home for Schwarzman Scholars

Presented by Melissa L. DelVecchio, Robert Garris

Incorporating a K12 Facility on Your Campus

Presented by Jane M. Barker, David Bermudez, Rachel Schuetz

Incorporating Critical Race Theory in Physical Planning

Presented by Nick Hodges, Rebecca Ocken, Amara Perez

Integrating the Educational and Facilities Master Plans

Presented by Lauren Leighty, Franklin A. Markley, Michael Smith, William R. Ward

Leveraging the On-Campus Admissions Center to Showcase Institutional Values

Presented by Katie Dawn Holdgreve-Resendez, Wayne Northcutt, Michael Tingley

Master Planning Outreach Strategies for Underrepresented Students

Presented by Bryan Lee, Christiana Moss

Modeling Wellness, Inclusion, and Sustainability on an Evolving, Discourse-Rich Campus

Presented by Mitchell Fine, Pam Su

Performance-based Standards Foster Creative Solutions for Environments Supporting Critical Discourse

Presented by Jonathan Akins, David Boyles, Thomas E. Goodhew, John Salisbury

Programming and Designing Science Labs in a P3 Delivery model

Presented by Danielle McGuire, Margaret B. Saunders

Rethinking the Faculty Office

Presented by Becca Cavell

Stanford’s Main Quad: “Relic or Relevant” in Discourse, Pedagogy, and Community Today?

Presented by Maggie Burgett, Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, Sapna Marfatia

Taking POE to the Next Level to Measure Space Performance

Presented by Janice E. Fournier, Jess Garcia, Plamena Milusheva

Throw Out Your Books: Designing Libraries for Their New Roles

Presented by Shawn Calhoun, Karen A. Cribbins-Kuklin, Joey Favaloro

Using Data to Drive Peer Group Selection

Presented by Lyrae A. Williams

Using Visualizations and Data to Inform Space Planning

Presented by Douglas R. Kozma, Paul M. Leef, Jenna L. Wright

UW Bothell/Cascadia College Master Plan: Committed Dialogue and Leveraged Partnerships

Presented by Mark J. Cork, Kelly Snyder, Amy Van Dyke

College and university campuses are designed to foster a culture of learning and provide a range of environments that facilitate the free exchange of ideas. In other words, higher education’s ultimate purpose is to encourage discourse; however, major trends in the world today—increasingly fast dissemination of information, political polarization, rapidly changing technologies, as well as social, racial, cultural, and economic concerns—necessitate fundamental changes in how discourse happens. We as higher education planners must navigate these changes and examine how discourse functions in our own planning processes so that we may reinforce the campus’s long-standing role in civil society as a speaker’s corner and town square.

This year’s theme, “The Role of Discourse Today” invites us to discuss the trends shaping the campus’s role in supporting critical discourse and how institutions are responding: How are campuses adapting to honor freedom of expression while fostering a place of safety and inclusivity? What are the most formative moments in students’ college experiences that lead their worldviews to evolve? Our conference program will explore the effects—both challenging and exciting—these social, political, and technological trends have upon integrated planning on campuses. Together, we will form a new perspective on what’s next in planning and advance conversations about the challenges higher education institutions face today.

The University of Colorado Boulder is a prime example of how discourse functions within the planning process. This institution is a testament to how a campus can masterfully evolve while retaining its essence, which it achieves through engaging in authentic discourse grounded in clear values and with rigorous integrated planning. In his 1920 address to the student assembly, architect Charles Klauder outlined a plan to adopt a uniform “University of Colorado Style” building, thereby committing to making the campus unique to its place at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States. Twenty years later, University President George Norlin reflected on his vision to transform the campus from a “third-rate farm” to a respected campus community.

“I have realized that the inside is more important than the outside, that the soul is more important than the body, and to the best of my ability, I have stood for the things of the spirit. Yet, I have felt that the physical beauty of the campus – a campus worthy of the splendid setting with which nature has endowed it, a campus worthy to be the outward frame of the University’s soul, would be an educational place enhancing the morale and spirit of all who come into and go forth from its halls.”
– CU President George Norlin, June 9, 1940

Be part of the dialogue! Join us at the University of Colorado Boulder on March 27–29, 2019.


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