California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology


Embarking on an ambitious initiative to construct three new science buildings, a campus center, and expand the student housing system, the California Institute of Technology retained Cooper Robertson to prepare a campus-wide plan to assist in properly controlling this new growth and to restore the sense of place found in the original campus plan done by Bertram Goodhue. Goodhue’s planning principles, forgotten in recent campus work, were used to determine immediate and future building sites and set broad material and massing guidelines. Cooper Robertson’s plan adds 1.3 million square feet to the existing 3.6 million square feet. It also suggests landscape restoration of certain significant spaces, the creation of new spaces, and a pattern of planting. Lastly, it proposes campus-wide systems for lighting and signage.



California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California
Site Area
124 acres
Completion Date
2006 (Campus Master Plan)
  • Richard Weinstein Master Plan Architect Consultant

  • Nelson, Byrd, Woltz, Landscape Architects Landscape Architects

  • Katherine Spitz Associates, Inc. Associated Landscape Architect

  • Rebecca Mendez Communication Design Signage and Wayfinding Consultant

  • Kugler Associates Lighting Consultant

  • Kimley-Horn and Associates Traffic and Parking Consultant

  • Arup Sustainability and Utility Consultant

  • Psomas Civil Engineering