by Frederick W. Mayer
In 1966, Frederick W. Mayer joined the staff of the University Planner’s Office at the University of Michigan. In 1968 he was named “university planner”—a position he held until his retirement in 2003. In this position he was responsible for the preparation and updating of master plans for all of the university’s campuses.
The material included in this work is presented as a case study of one university’s successful program of campus planning and implementation over a period of 40 years. It is hoped that it will prove instructive and useful to other institutions and individuals engaged in the process of campus planning.
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Frederick W. Mayer was born and raised in Bloomfield, New Jersey. He studied architecture at Pratt Institute in New York City and received his A.B. from Rutgers University in 1961, specializing in city and regional planning. He went on to Cornell University where he earned his M.R.P. in 1963. At Cornell he studied campus planning with Professor Kermit C. Parsons, one of the founders of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). In his master’s thesis entitled “Campus Design,” he identified a series of campus design forms that he has continued to use throughout the course of his professional career.
In 1966 Fred joined the staff of the University Planner’s Office at the University of Michigan. In 1968 he was named “university planner”—a position he held until his retirement in 2003. In this position he was responsible for the preparation and updating of master plans for all of the university’s campuses in Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint. In addition he was directly engaged in the implementation of these plans through his direct involvement in over 100 new building and renovation projects at the university plus numerous site development, transportation, and infrastructure projects. He also played a key role in developing the university’s ongoing program of creating a collection of outdoor public art on campus. After his retirement in 2003, Fred authored a two-volume history of campus planning and development at Michigan entitled A Setting for Excellence.
In addition to his work at the university, Fred was a charter member of SCUP. He edited the proceedings of SCUP’s first annual conference in Portland, Oregon, and its third annual conference in Lexington, Kentucky, which were published by the society. For five years he served as executive editor of Planning for Higher Education, and he has contributed numerous articles to this and other publications throughout the course of his career. In 1996 he served as chair of SCUP’s 31st annual conference in Washington, DC, and in 1997 the society honored him with its Founders Award (The Casey) for distinguished service to higher education. This award was particularly significant to him in that it is named in honor of his professor at Cornell, Kermit C. Parsons.