Conference Recordings

Keynote | Villanova

Published March 11, 2021
Presented by John Cluver, Voith & Mactavish Architects LLP | Robert Morro, Villanova University | Kevin Smith, Robert A.M. Stern Architects | Marilou Smith, Villanova University
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Villanova University

How did Villanova University and their project partners leverage the collaboration inherent in all capital projects to strengthen the design of an important new campus development along a bustling regional thoroughfare? Through planning, patience, and perseverance during a decade-long process that actively engaged university leadership, community members, and state and municipal authorities. Come learn how the project team turned challenges into opportunities by incorporating different perspectives to develop new and better solutions—especially during the rigorous approvals process—all while retaining a strong sense of character and place in the design response.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify strategies for negotiating municipal ordinances that can enhance town and gown relations and support a positive working relationship.
  2. Develop an approach to the approvals process that can lead to results that strengthen the campus and community fabric.
  3. Plan for an inclusive design process that incorporates the perspectives of a variety of stakeholder groups.
  4. Explain how to manage a process that produces a cohesive design response among a diverse set of projects.


John Cluver

Partner & Director of Preservation
Voith & Mactavish Architects LLP

Robert Morro

Vice President for Facilities Management
Villanova University

Kevin Smith

Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Marilou Smith

Senior Project Manager
Villanova University

Continuing Education Units: AIA LU 1.0 Unit (SCUPM21P004) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Recorded March 11, 2021.

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