Greeting Campus Landscape Architects, Planners, and Friends:
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Larry Porter and I am currently the senior landscape architect with the Rutgers University Office of Facilities and Capital Planning. I received my MLA and certificate in Historic Preservation Studies from the University of Georgia in 2000 and my undergraduate degree in Environmental Planning and Design from Cook College, Rutgers University in 1982. My career has focused mainly on public practice, and working at the State University of New Jersey for the past two years has been both a great privilege and a great challenge.
At the 2005 ASLA annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, I volunteered to co-chair the Campus Planning and Design PPN with Gary Brown, FASLA, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. One of the goals of the Campus Planning & Design PPN this year was to deliver a newsletter to our members. The focus of this current newsletter will be on campus design guidelines and standards. During the past year my office has undertaken the task of developing Building Aesthetic and Environmental Design Guidelines and Standards with the help of Ayers/Saint/Gross, Architects & Planners of Baltimore. A/S/G also prepared the 2003 Rutgers University Physical Master Plan.
These guidelines are an important “next step” in realizing the recommendations of the 2003 Physical Master Plan and toward creating a single Rutgers University identity. All future development projects, as well as any proposed rehabilitation or renovation projects, will be informed by the design guidelines and standards. Special attention will be paid to preserving University heritage, fostering ecological responsibility and sustainable practices, and developing outdoor spaces that encourage learning communities. In addition to the development of the guidelines and standards, a University Design Review Board will be established to ensure compliance with the guidelines for all significant capital building projects.
For future newsletters, I encourage you to submit ideas, articles, and announcements pertaining to the world of campus planning and design. Our next step will be the creation of an updated website that will act as a portal for sharing information.
Please send ideas/questions, etc. to: LAPorter@facilities.rutgers.edu
Larry Porter, ASLA, CLA
Images courtesy of Ayer/Saint/Gross