Temple University


Visualize Temple Campus Master Plan

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

329 acres/133 hectares

Campus Planning, Master Planning, Programming, Urban Planning and Design

Honor Award of Excellence - Landscape Planning and Analysis

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“This is an opportunity for us to collectively imagine the best of what Temple can become, and to take the first steps toward realizing that future together.”

—Neil D. Theobald, President


"Temple Made” describes the tenacious, self-made spirit of this vibrant urban university in north Philadelphia. As it embarks on transforming its strategic direction as a 21st-century academic, research, and health sciences university, Temple needs to address growth, evaluate its current campus and facilities and enhance campus life. SmithGroupJJR worked with the university to create the Visualize Temple plan, a comprehensive master plan to address these issues and establish institutional priorities. In keeping with the institution’s self-made spirit, the planning process also engaged the entire campus community, including students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni from Temple’s main campus and satellite locations.

As part of the master plan, SmithGroupJJR led a team assessing space needs related to academic growth, student life and athletics. The team evaluated potential land acquisitions, as well, to allow future flexibility for the landlocked main campus. The plan also calls for identifying potential partnerships with public, community and private interests to leverage the economic resources and assets in greater Philadelphia. To establish a dialogue with the university community, SmithGroupJJR provided a website platform for discussing ideas and eliciting feedback. The campus community embraced it enthusiastically, with more than 12,000 visitors and over 3,000 active participants on the site, including current students, faculty, staff and Temple alumni. Along with focus groups and well-attended open houses, this unprecedented input helped define a positive consensus vision for Temple’s development.

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