A direct report to the VP of Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES), the University Architect (UA) provides strategic leadership, coordination, and administrative oversight for the overall direction of architectural, space, and open space planning and design projects so as to meet the needs of the University of Pennsylvania, for new construction, preservation and rehabilitation projects. The UA also has programmatic responsibilities, with oversight for the maintenance and review of university policies that have direct bearing on design, on the stewardship and management of overall campus character, and on an ambitious climate action agenda. The UA oversees the campus planning process and associated long-term physical planning strategies, directing and providing design guidance to major capital projects. The UA leads the Office of the University Architect (OUA), with a staff of approximately 16 that includes the Principal Planner, University Landscape Architect, Manager of Data & Documentation, Environmental Graphics Designer, and Sustainability Director. The UA has oversight of the licensing and permit liaison function, with responsibility for coordinating and implementing City of Philadelphia building & zoning permitting for construction projects, traffic issues, and utility and roadwork right-of-way. The UA serves with the Dean of Penn Design as Co-Chair of the university’s Design Review Committee, which evaluates the suitability and quality of designs for major capital projects. In collaboration with FRES Administration, has oversight of the Capital Plan Process, which organizes, prioritizes and coordinates the $150 – $300M new construction and major renovation annual budget and the 5-year plan. The UA leads the Climate Action Plan, collaborating with FRES’ Operations & Maintenance and Design & Construction groups on implementation of building projects, sustainability initiatives, and campus open space maintenance.
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