by Gregory Janks
Traditional college and university space planning methods largely ignore issues of quality, money, and mission, focusing instead on the application of formulae to strictly categorized space types. Today’s complex challenges, including a significantly reduced resource base, motivate an evolution in methodology.
Opportunities exist to strengthen technical underpinnings and to question key assumptions, particularly the value of benchmarking. We sketch this evolved comprehensive space planning practice, with its emphases on utilization, economic value, quality, and accountability both to the institutional mission and to stakeholders.
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Gregory Janks leads Sasaki’s strategic planning practice as Director of Sasaki Strategies. He creates organic planning solutions with realistic implementation scenarios, and helps clients engage in effective process leading to good decision making. To do this, he blends academic, financial, and physical considerations in holistic problem solving through rigorous analysis and design excellence. His expertise includes strategic planning, financial planning, academic planning, resource allocation models, space use analysis and programming, student housing, campus master planning, and the development of technology-rich interactive graphical decision support systems which help clients understand, visualize, and communicate their planning process. Gregory’s award-winning work includes collaborations with over forty-five universities and colleges, ranging from large public research institutions like The Ohio State University and the University of Texas, through private schools like Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, to community colleges in all regions of the country, and several statewide systems. He has a PhD in mathematics from Stony Brook University.