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Campus HeritageLocked

An Appreciation of the History and Traditions of College and University Architecture
Published 2005
This monograph describes and illustrates the contributions campus heritage can make to promote, strengthen, and support institutional goals and objectives and outlines suggested methods of incorporating campus heritage in campus plans, facility plans, and campus design concepts.

Campus Image and IdentityLocked

Published 2011
The eight chapters in this book reflect Richard Dober’s categories of the elements of campus image and design. Within each chapter, each page displays two campus scenes, chosen for thought-provoking comparison—and a brief comment from Dober regarding each.

Campus PlanningLocked

Published 1996
This classic by Richard P. Dober, which thoroughly reviews the fundamentals of campus planning, was first printed in 1963.

Old MainLocked

Fame, Fate, and Contributions to Campus Planning and Design
Published 2006
This publication describes the forms, fame, and fate of Old Main, arguably higher education's iconic architecture.


From the Founding to the Future of Five Ivy League Campuses
Published 2012
This project examines the evolution of the campuses of Harvard, Yale, Penn, Princeton, and Columbia (collectively referred to in this study as “the Five”) from their founding, through the centuries of their development, and into the future to better understand how academic and other forces gave form to the buildings and grounds and how historical outcomes may inform future growth.

Research on Learning Space DesignLocked

Present State, Future Directions
Published 2013
This report is a collection that summarizes and evaluates how far the field of learning space design has come in identifying the elements that will allow us to thoughtfully design learning spaces and evaluate their impact.

Peer Engagement as a Common ResourceLocked

Managing Interaction Patterns in Institutions
Published 2015
This research project introduces a common means for researchers in space design, education, and information science to develop principles and best practices to improve return on investment in the design of informal learning environments.

A Tribute to Achievement and ExcellenceLocked

2014 SCUP Awards Winners
Published 2015
The society’s 2014 award program recognizes and applauds individuals and organizations whose achievements exemplify excellence and dedication in planning for higher education. Jurors share their comments and trends pulled from the 2014 winners.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

The Campus MattersLocked

Acquiring the Competitive Edge
From Volume 44 Number 3 | April–June 2016
Recognition of the value of ‘place’ in amassing the ingredients for a successful university has been long in evidence.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Do We Need Classrooms Anymore?Locked

From Volume 44 Number 3 | April–June 2016
The innovation and creativity so prized in the 21st-century economy thrives not in isolated, specialized spaces, but in open, flexible environments.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Why Campus MattersLocked

Reflecting on Models of the Future Campus Within a New Paradigm for Campus Living and Learning
From Volume 44 Number 3 | April–June 2016
The current environment simply will not allow fixed models of educational delivery to thrive as they once did.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

A Call for Policy on University Cultural HeritageLocked

From Volume 44 Number 3 | April–June 2016
A policy related to stewardship of assets and their use would help in defining direction and creating context for productive conversation.
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