UCSB Design Review Committee Charge
The Design Review Committee (DRC) is a committee comprised of faculty, staff, student representatives, and consulting architects that operates jointly under the aegis of the campus administration and the Academic Senate. It reports directly to the Chancellor and makes recommendations to the Campus Planning Committee on issues of architectural and landscape design at UCSB. It considers campus planning, architecture, landscape architecture, and the integration of art into the campus landscape.
The Design Review Committee is responsible for assisting the campus in achieving design of the highest possible quality for UCSB. This includes the design of buildings, siting and arrangement of buildings and other features, circulation, landscape, and other environmental matters. The DRC will be attentive to balancing the interests of individual building projects with the need for a well-planned campus as a whole. Periodically the DRC will review campus design guidelines and master planning. The Committee will make its recommendations to the Chancellor, and will also forward its reports to the Campus Planning Committee.
The Office of Campus Planning and Design will consult with the DRC on campus design matters and provide support for the Committee. The Office of Campus Planning and Design is responsible for the preparation of physical planning documents, including environment impact reports, long range development plans, area plans, transportation plans, design guidelines, landscape plans, and other campus plans.
Small matters of design may be dealt with by the staff of Design and Construction, Campus Planning and Design, and the co-chairs of the DRC, although some issues small in scope or budget may be directed to the full committee if the design significance of the matter is deemed especially important by either of the co-chairs.
The DRC shall consist of Fourteen members:
• 3 - consulting architects (one a landscape architect)
• 1 – Associate Vice Chancellor for Design, Construction, and Facilities Management (the AVC)
• 5 – faculty appointed by the Committee on Committees; at least one shall be a member of the Academic Senate, Council on Planning and Budget, Capital Space and Planning Subcommittee
• 2 – student representatives (one undergraduate, one graduate)
• 2 – staff representatives
• 1 – The director of the University Art Museum, or a representative.
The committee shall be headed by co-chairs, one the AVC, the other a member of the Academic Senate. In addition, the chair of the Subcommittee on Capital Space and Planning will be an ex-officio member of the DRC.
Subcommittee on Landscape
The Subcommittee on Landscape reviews outdoor spaces and issues of landscape design and makes recommendations to the DRC. The Subcommittee is co-chaired by members of the DRC.
Funding and Staffing
Staff support is provided by the office of the AVC. Funding for the consulting architects is provided indirectly by the building projects themselves, and consulting architects receive a standard honorarium per meeting of $1,000 (plus expenses).
The consulting architects are appointed for a term of three years each, and their terms are staggered in order to ensure continuity.
The consulting architects should be of international stature in order to stimulate the architects who are designing projects for the campus to do their best work. The consulting architects are expected to attend the meetings regularly (ordinarily held monthly) and to develop a fairly deep knowledge of the campus.
Position within the Decision-making Process
While the DRC offers its advice directly to the Chancellor, it also reviews the projects before they are presented to the CPC (Campus Planning Committee) so that the latter also has the benefit of the DRC’s recommendations. The recommendations of both the DRC and CPC are submitted to the Chancellor together.
Attached are 2 graphs depicting the campus planning and design review processes for major capital projects. The first deals with the planning process, whereby decisions are made about the basic concepts for new major capital projects and site selections; the second depicts the process of design review itself.
The DRC planning stage review focuses on the relationships of the proposed building to its site and the fabric of the campus, both in plan and in three dimensions.
With regard to the design review process for major capital projects, each project has a building committee, composed in part of users, that works closely with the architects in developing a design that responds to program requirements. The DRC is the entity that is concerned with design review. The DRC sees each project at two stages: the conceptual stage; and at 100% schematics. Review by DRC frequently continues into the design development phase for such elements as landscape design.
Associated Students Representative
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Housing and Residential Services
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Campus Planning and Design
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