Early-Bird Pricing Ends January 28.
After an extraordinary period of remote and hybrid learning and virtual conferences, we return to the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, located in the knowledge corridor of the Connecticut River Valley, to meet again in person and celebrate institutional resilience. Higher education planning leaders will share their stories of integrated planning solutions for solving the pressing problems of our time and explore innovative new ideas for reimagining the future of higher education.
Join us for an exciting reunion and leave inspired!
Keeping you safe.
We are planning for, and excited to welcome attendees to our in-person annual conference, while acknowledging the complexities of planning a safe and effective in-person, indoor conference that meets new and emerging university, local, state, and federal regulations. We are monitoring local and state regulations as well as guidelines from the CDC and WHO. As these regulations and guidelines change frequently we will provide more information to registrants as we approach the conference.
We and the University of Massachusetts Amherst expect that all conference attendees will be fully vaccinated according to CDC guidelines for full vaccination or arrive with a negative covid test taken less than 72 hours prior to arrival. Attendees will be required to demonstrate their status by showing their vaccination cards or negative covid test results to pick up their badge. Masks are required for all indoor activities.
Currently, there is no proof of vaccination or negative Covid test to enter a restaurant in Amherst.
Not able to attend in person? Powerpoints of sessions will be available to you approximately one week after the conference (available for registered attendees only).
5:30 PM – 6:45 PM | Student Union Ballroom
Presented by: Peter Vieira, Associate Principal, Payette | Tom Simister, Director of Space Strategies, Payette | Chris Dupuis, AVP of Capital Planning and Management, University of Hartford
In order to accommodate the growth of various unrelated programs within the confines of a single building project, planners must respond with innovative approaches to meet these academic needs. This session will take an in-depth look at how the University of Hartford’s newly-opened Hursey Center leveraged a shared learning environment to bring students together from disparate disciplines such as engineering and health sciences. Join us to discover how you can apply innovative planning and design strategies for combining non-traditional interdisciplinary programs within student learning spaces on your campus.
Presented by: Rayna Erlich, Principal, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP | Joanna Whitcomb, Director of Campus Planning, Dartmouth College | Heather Taylor, Campus Planner and Architect, Phillips Exeter Academy | Jenin Shah, Senior Associate, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP
Traditional campus planning methods are oftentimes too rigid or open-ended; this session will discuss a new model that combines big-picture visioning with a menu of viable development options. We’ll illustrate this new approach to participatory and strategic campus planning with two recent master plans from Dartmouth University and Phillips Exeter Academy, which both facilitate fiscally-responsible and visionary responses to the rapidly-evolving external influences on institutions. Detailed without being prescriptive, this model builds actionable groundwork and prevents the traps of siloed decision-making, enabling stronger internal alignment, greater external participation, and improved resource efficiency.
Presented by: Debi McDonald, New England Higher Education Market Sector Leader, Jacobs | Pamela Garbini, Assistant Director, Space Planning & Management, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus | Victoria Johnson, Social Value/Equity Practice Leader, Jacobs
In order to meaningfully address the injustices that marginalized groups face in our society, there is a heightened need to identify strategies for facilitating inclusion and social justice across higher education campuses. This session will explore social justice initiatives that actively influence an institution’s policies, practices, and its built environment to create a sense of belonging and wellbeing for the entire campus community. We will share ideas for how you can better address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion to accelerate a social justice journey and create campus environments where all will feel welcome.
Presented by: John Amodeo, Principal, IBI Group | Simon Raine, Campus Designer/Planner, University of Massachusetts, Amherst | Derek Noble, Principal, Shepley Bulfinch | Ryan Senkier, Perry Dean Rogers, Partners Architects
The key to exceeding expectations in your campus master plan outcomes—physical, operational, and financial—is through batching individual priority projects. The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst used this process to complete three contiguous campus life projects concurrently, which allowed for otherwise unattainable efficiencies and synergies that went beyond placemaking to transformative campus remaking. Come learn how you can apply concurrent project implementation to your own campus plans and find opportunities for executing projects concurrently to maximize transformative outcomes.
Presented by: Calvin Ahn, Associate Principal, Ashley McGraw Architects, D.P.C. | Joseph Alfieri, Director, Campus Planning, Design and Construction, Syracuse University | John Burse, Principal, Mackey Mitchell Architects
Integrating changing trends and expectations into campus renovation projects can be daunting, especially when prioritizing student engagement through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Syracuse University’s Schine Student Center presented significant challenges familiar to many campuses: confusing circulation, hard-to-find student programs and resources, outdated dining, and poor accommodation and accessibility. We’ll share how we applied the principles of universal design, student-centered design, and planning for diversity, equity, and inclusion to increase student engagement, belonging, and wellbeing to create a more welcoming campus experience.
Presented by: Kelly Haigh, Partner, designLAB architects | Lincoln Nemetz-Carlson, March Student and Graduate Researcher, UMass Amherst | Anna Dempsey, Professor/Chairperson Art Education, Art History & Media Studies, UMass Dartmouth | Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham, Senior Campus Planner, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Mid-century architecture is at an inflection point. Deferred maintenance and accessibility issues are forcing institutions to tackle repairs on an ad hoc basis, shoring up problems without developing a comprehensive approach. In order to holistically address the modernization needs of its mid-century modern buildings, the University of Massachusetts (UMass) system is cultivating appreciation of brutalist cultural heritage by creating an organized hub for preservation education and advocacy. We’ll share how UMass’s campaign for preservation is provides a knowledge base for assessing the cultural significance of modernist structures across its portfolio and supports informed decision making.
Presented by: Candice Rabovsky, Senior Associate, Ayers Saint Gross | David Chearo,
Clark University | Paul Cotnoir, Dean, Becker School of Design & Technology, Clark University
This session will explore Clark University’s new Media Arts, Computing and Design Building, an interdisciplinary facility that advances the synergies of game design, computer science, and the visual and performing arts. Supporting a culture of collaboration, teaching, research, and innovation, we’ll share how this facility will make media design, digital production, user experience, and human-computer interaction accessible to the entire Clark campus community. Join us to discover how an interdisciplinary environment that supports gaming and media design can benefit your overall campus culture from an academic, social, and wellbeing perspective.
Presented by: Maryam Katouzian, Principal, ZGF | Benjamin Petrick, Assistant University Architect, Princeton University | John Hannum, Project Engineer, Princeton University | Ted Borer, Energy Plant Director, Princeton University
The climate crisis is the most pressing issue of our time. To reduce emissions and minimize the worst effects, institutions must act now to decarbonize their campuses. In pursuing a shift towards more sustainable production of energy, Princeton University is embarking on wholesale planning and infrastructure changes towards its ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2046. This session will show how you can help align your institution’s ambitious goals for carbon neutrality and climate commitments with your campus master planning and capital management.
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Student Union Ballroom
Presented by: Nicole Holmes, Senior Project Manager, Green Infrastructure Planning, Nitsch Engineering | Jennifer Johnson, Project Manager, Nitsch Engineering
Institutions often execute capital projects individually, but this fragmented approach limits the ability to consider stormwater and landscape as a cohesive system and support a broader vision for campus resilience. Taking lessons learned from several institutions, this session will build a case for campuswide stormwater planning to support future development and adapt to the impacts of climate change. You’ll learn about the benefits of developing a campuswide stormwater framework plan, including a mechanism for guiding individual projects with goals and flexible strategies for implementing the plan over time.
Presented by: Yanel de Angel, Architect, Principal, Perkins&Will | Vanessa Britto, Associate VP of Campus Life & Student Services, Executive Director of Health & Wellness, Brown University | Thomas Cordonnier, Head of Global Wellbeing for Faculty and Staff, Tecnológico de Monterrey | Michelle Bowdler, Executive Director of Health & Wellness, Tufts University
Through a culture of wellness and intentional, practical strategies the campus can become an ecosystem for caring and mental wellbeing. This panel will explore the intersection between holistic campus health and wellness and built environments that support resilience and wellbeing for students, staff, and faculty. Join us to discover how you can apply a spatial framework and intentional plan for creating healthier environments and promoting diverse respite activities, enabling health educators to advance services and programs that support wellbeing on your campus.
Presented by: Nasrin Fatima, Associate Provost for Assessment and Analytics, Binghamton University
In the aftermath of the pandemic, institutions must begin the important process of reevaluating their strategic plans in order to overcome the challenges of a changing environment. This session will explore how Binghamton University is re-aiming its “Road Map” by refining existing strategic planning goals and metrics and prioritizing internationalization to ensure the university’s global perspectives. Come learn from Binghamton’s re-aiming process to determine necessary changes for your institution and advance your institutional goals through funding proposals.
Presented by: Bethany Wilson-Shunta, Senior Associate, Architect, NBBJ | Dennis Swinford, Higher Education Planning Practice Leader, Goody Clancy | Pam Y. Eddinger, President Bunker Hill Community College
The pandemic created challenges for educational institutions at every level. Out of necessity, these challenges have a way of fostering innovative thinking and inviting creative responses. Small, meaningful interventions—rather than sweeping post-pandemic ideals—will be the springboard to higher education innovation in both programming and the built environment. With a focus on the future, panelists from a state school, a private university, and a community college will share their diverse and creative solutions to the most pressing space, facility, pedagogical, social, and environmental issues facing our campuses today.
Presented by: Raymond Doyle, Managing Principal, WB Engineers+Consultants | Peter Dussault, Managing Principal, WB Engineers+Consultants | Carlos Williams, Director of Architecture & Engineering Services and Facility Services, Howard University
When higher education planners find the right solutions for creating safer learning environments that increase productivity and satisfaction, campuses become even better places for people to learn and teach. In this session, we’ll share our solutions for modifying HVAC systems and discuss effective future-proofing methods to make safer and more learner-friendly educational facilities based on building age and type. Come learn about the steps you can take to improve indoor air quality, future-proof, and plan appropriate design solutions in your campus’s existing, new, and future buildings.
Presented by: Jacqueline Falla, Director, Client Services, Elaine Construction | Melissa McEwen, Senior Associate, Haley & Aldrich, Inc. | Michelle Maheu, Director for Planning, Design & Construction, Wellesley College
Issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are of critical importance for higher education institutions and planners. The complexity, urgency, and social and financial implications of DEI issues require a scientific, analytical approach. We’ll share our powerful A3 tool, which uses storytelling to communicate complex challenges and compel planners at all levels to take action. Today’s DEI challenges are daunting but resolvable through the use of A3’s simple seven box system that enhances critical thinking, unearths root causes, demands alignment within organizations, and fosters learning.
Presented by: Arthi Krishnamoorthy, Partner, Deborah Berke Partners | Noah Biklen, Partner, Deborah Berke Partners
A more engaging campus privileges social connections and intellectual pursuits in the design of learning and living spaces that promote agency, discovery, and participation. We’ll illustrate the value of centering engagement in campus spaces, resulting in built environments that are more welcoming, inclusive, and relevant for today’s diverse student population. In this session, you’ll learn strategies that encourage participation and collaboration, allowing you to create inviting spaces that foster wellbeing and inclusion for all students on your campus.
Presented by: Sylvia Smith, Senior Partner, FXCollaborative | Denise Ferris, Associate Vice President, Design Management, Columbia University in the City of New York | Patrick Burke,
Assistant Vice President, Capital Project Management, Columbia University in the City of New York
Institutions with multiple campuses of varied scale, character, and context can leverage inclusive planning strategies to support their campus communities and welcome the public. This panel discussion will highlight the implementation of indoor and outdoor placemaking strategies across Columbia University’s three diverse campuses to support learning, meeting, and socializing, both pre- and post-pandemic. Join us to gain valuable insights into forward-looking public space planning strategies, from localized insertions within a historic enclave to a the creation of a completely new campus.
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Marriott Center, Hotel UMass
Presented by: Rick Jones, Director and Founder, Jones Architecture | Jeffery Dalzell, Project Planner and Manager of Campus Planning, University of Massachusetts-Amherst | Naomi Cottrell, Principal, Crowley Cottrell, LLC
Embracing place and spatial sequencing is central to reimagining student services while also considering delivery, staffing, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). This session will detail how planning for a foreboding, brutalist building presented the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst with new opportunities to renew a maligned building’s stature, reimagine student services, and address DEI in unique ways. Come learn how UMass Amherst applied thoughtful and creative solutions for quality student services to the challenges of balkanized resources, out-of-date models, and siloed staffing.
Presented by: Amy Kaiser, Senior Campus Planner, MIT Office of Campus Planning | Karen Rennell, Assistant Program Manager, Renovations & Campus Construction, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Rositha (Rose) Durham, Vendor Procurement Manager, MIT Department of Facilities, Infrastructure Business Operations |Mark Hayes, Director of Campus Dining, MIT Dining
Extraordinary times call for new approaches. By rethinking ingrained practices and collaborating across departments and with community partners, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is providing new dining options, accelerating design project start-up, and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals. This session will discuss two new MIT initiatives in dining and design services, responses to critical business issues, student needs, and social and institutional calls for racial justice. Come learn how your institution can work across siloes to rethink standard ways of doing business in response to perennial needs, DEI goals, and unexpected crises.
Presented by: Minakshi Amundsen, Assistant Vice President, Facilities and Campus Planning, Colby College | Andrew Barnett, Senior Partner, Hopkins Architects Partnership LLP | Tom Jenkins, Director, Hopkins Architects Partnership LLP | Christopher Sgarzi, Principal, Sasaki
A holistic approach to community and environmental wellness requires institutional and project-level planning integration, innovative design, and stakeholder engagement. In this session, we’ll discuss the integration of a strategic plan and community vision with highly-inclusive and environmentally-friendly design methods to create healthy, flexible, and sustainable community-oriented spaces. Come learn from our valuable integrated planning and design strategies around conservation and natural resource restoration, sustainable campus facilities, and inclusive spaces designed to support wellness.
Presented by: Michael Hinchcliffe, Principal, Payette | Mary Nardone, Associate Vice President, Capital Projects Management, Boston College | Geoffrey Swift, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer, Bates College | Diana Tsang, Associate, Payette
Planning and designing new academic facilities requires an inclusive process to build consensus and solve challenges in adaptability for evolving interdisciplinary curricula and pedagogies. This session will evaluate the process and outcomes of STEM facility expansions at Bates College and Boston College, involving the formation of new departments, breaking down of existing barriers, and creative allocation of resources. Come learn how to embrace an interactive and comprehensive planning process with clear goals, broad input on nontraditional design solutions for resource sharing, and an emphasis on flexible learning spaces.
Presented by: Jessica Spivey, Senior Superintendent, Shawmut Design and Construction | Michael Guglielmo, Vice President Facilities Management, Brown University | Joseph Watson, Fire Protection Engineer, Jensen Hughes | Erik Tellander, Senior Associate, William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.
A tactical early implementation of lean project management can effectively and successfully drive your next campus project to the finish line. We’ll share how the implementation of lean best practices helped to insulate campus projects at Brown University from variables inherent to the pandemic and deliver reliability in design and construction. Regardless of your role in a campus project, you have a responsibility to challenge your team on safety, quality, delivery, and cost. Join us to discover new ways to adapt in the face of adversity and implement effective project delivery methods on your campus.
Presented by: Michael Lauber, Principal, Ellenzweig | Christina Bowen, Capital Projects Manager, University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth | Michael Nipoti, Associate Principal, Ellenzweig | Jillian Cornelius, Architectural Designer, Ellenzweig
Campus buildings constructed between 1950–70 typically have inadequate infrastructure systems, including the exterior envelope, windows, and HVAC systems. How can campuses effectively plan for these extensive upgrades with insufficient funding? This session will address the numerous special challenges associated with renovating mid-century campus buildings. You’ll hear about real-world challenges and learn solutions and strategies that you can apply to your own campus’s mid-century building planning and renovation processes.
Presented by: Ned Goodell, Senior Associate, Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd | Cassandra Silvia, Program Head for Access Services and Community Spaces, MIT Libraries | Emma Corbalan, Project Manager for Sustainable Design and Construction, MIT Office of Campus Planning | Caroline Petrovick, Project Executive, Elaine Construction
Mid-century campus buildings present common technical challenges, but planners can find solutions through an inclusive process that draws ideas from diverse stakeholder groups. This session will detail the transformation of MIT’s iconic Hayden Library, originally designed for post-WWII collections, into a dynamic “library of the future”, which required visionary thinking, thoughtful planning, a creative design approach, and carefully integrated execution. Join us to discuss strategies for managing complex project execution and explore disruptive ideas that promote design innovation for emerging programs and evolving campus challenges.
Presented by: Rena Cheskis-Gold, Principal and Founder, Demographic Perspectives, LLC
Colleges and universities must ensure that students of diverse backgrounds feel safe and welcome on campus in order to successfully educate and train our next generation of leaders. Incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into the institutional mission is deep, complicated work with no road map. Based on interviews with university and design professionals, this session will present examples of processes, priority populations, planning methods, and products that support DEI on campus. Come discuss and learn from a range of processes to strengthen your approach to DEI as a core component of planning for your institution.
Presented by: Michael Kearns, Project Executive, Shawmut Design and Construction | Dano Weisbord, Director of Sustainability and Campus Planning, Smith College | Matthew Gifford,Director, Shepley Bulfinch | Eric Beattie, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Reimagining the future of your campus’s existing buildings does not always go as originally planned. A flexible planning process is critical for managing risk and driving innovation through sustainable approaches. We’ll present two case studies of Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) Alumni Gym and Smith Neilson Library; both were planned historic building renovations, one project a teardown followed by a new build and the other a transformative integration of a historic façade with new construction. Find out how you can apply the different solutions and lessons learned from two historic building renovations to your own campus projects.
12:20 PM – 1:20 PM | Student Union Ballroom
1:20 PM – 2:30 PM | Student Union Ballroom
Currently, the University of Massachusetts requires SCUP to restrict attendance to only those who are vaccinated or provide proof of a negative test. We will share more information about how this will be conducted and if there are any changes to the requirement as we are notified.
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|Early-Bird Registration||Friday, January 28, 2022|
|Cancellation*||Friday, February 18, 2022|
|Registration Closes||Friday, March 11, 2022|
Will the conference be held as a hybrid with live streaming options?
No, we are unable to livestream sessions.
If I no longer feel comfortable attending the conference, am I able to receive a refund?
Refunds, minus a processing fee are available to you prior to the cancellation deadline.
If I no longer feel comfortable attending the conference, what are my options?
You may receive a refund minus a processing fee prior to the cancellation deadline. After the deadline, you’ll have access to all session powerpoints.
When will sessions be available to watch?
Session powerpoints are available to registered attendees approximately 1 week after the conference.
*Cancelations can be made online through your SCUP account by 2/18/2022. Refunds are subject to a $50 USD processing fee. No-shows are not eligible for a refund, and funds committed by purchase order must be paid in full by the first day of the event. Refunds will be issued within 30 days of received written notification. If you have questions, email your registration team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In this economic climate that has created challenges for so many colleges and universities, the Society for College and University Planning recognizes that professional development and travel budgets have continued to be reduced or cut. To that end, we are offering a limited number of scholarships to help underwrite costs associated with participating in SCUP events.
Scholarships of up to $500 will be awarded. Preference will be given to members in the region.
To be eligible for the Conference Scholarship, applicants must provide the following:
1. Demonstrate financial need and explain desired benefits from attendance (one paragraph)
2. Optional: A brief statement of support by the institution or organization, such as a supervisor (one paragraph)
The Regional Council Chair will review applications and provide recommendations (ranked based on application criteria). Award recipients may elect whether to (1) receive the award directly or (2) have them paid to their institution/employer, and whether or not to use some of the funds as a waiver of the conference registration fee.
Monday, January 17, 2022
Scholarship applicants will be notified of award status by (dates). If you have any questions, please contact Lakeeya Blue at email@example.com.
Monday, January 24, 2022
All sessions will be held on the UMASS Amherst campus. All meeting spaces are within walking distance of the conference hotel. Please bring appropriate clothing as you will be indoors and outdoors.
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003
Please use this link to book your hotel room.
Use the group code: SCU22C
Rates do not include state, local and occupancy taxes. Those taxes are currently 6% with an additional $1 per room night fee.
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Wednesday February 16, 2022
Please use this link to book your hotel room.
Use the group code: SCU22C
Bradley International Airport (BDL)
Approximately 46 miles from the Hotel UMass.
Closest Station: Northampton Station
The Northampton station is 9 miles from Hotel UMass
Self Parking is $6 per day with unlimited in and out privileges.
Go to the Campus Center Parking Garage, take a ticket and park on the second level. Then walk into the concourse via the hallway and take the elevators to the 3rd level (Hotel Lobby).