Diamond Schmitt Architects were retained in 2005 by McGill University to undertake a multi-campus master plan to guide the institution’s physical development for the next twenty to twenty-five years.
This physical master plan is driven by a new academic goal: to provide the vehicle for the university to achieve a “top 10” ranking among the world’s research institutions. The McGill project also addresses governance, to ensure that this goal can be implemented.
The master plan provides a comprehensive vision for the development of the McGill campuses, including the grounds, facilities and infrastructure. It is broad and flexible in outlook and able to accommodate changing needs, opportunities and priorities over an extended period. Future developments will be directed in such a manner that every project contributes to the quality and coherence of the university as a whole, while still satisfying the needs of the users of each facility.