University of Miami Master Plan

University of Miami Master Plan


Cooper Robertson worked with University of Miami to develop a master plan for their 15,000-student main campus in Coral Gables. The plan accommodates future academic growth while transforming the private research university from a partial commuter school to a residential campus. An open space framework organizes proposed infill development of undergraduate housing, student life improvements, and growth for graduate programs – an expansion of 2.5 million gross square feet in total. Design guidelines ensure that the unique International Modern architectural style on the campus is preserved and complemented over time.

The plan recommends the implementation of a number of sustainable design devices such as breezeways, arcades, open stairways, and brise soleil to conserve energy in a tropical climate. The landscape master plan incorporates strategies for improving stormwater management and water retention on-site. Cooper Robertson also led the development of detailed lighting and wayfinding/signage plans as components of the campus master plan.



University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida
Site Area
220 acres
Completion Date
  • Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architecture

  • Sylvia Harris Signage and Wayfinding

  • L’Observatoire International Lighting Design

  • Rickes Associates Academic