University of Southern California

Master Plan

Los Angeles, California

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AC Martin completed the long-range campus master plan for the University of Southern California to address two primary goals:  plan for facilities to support and foster interdisciplinary education, and continue moving the University toward a fully residential campus. USC uses a decentralized system of academic and strategic planning.  The Master Plan creates development sites in the campus core that will facilitate joint use by more than one academic discipline to support the University’s strategic emphasis of interdisciplinary education and training.  

A major component of the Plan envisions redeveloping existing University land holdings north of Jefferson Avenue to create a new mixed-use “University Village.” The plan calls for narrowing Jefferson Avenue between the core campus and this newly planned village area to reduce pedestrian/auto conflicts and, in conjunction with private sector developers, to build over 5,000 beds of student housing and a variety of staff and faculty apartments, configured within ‘village’ neighborhoods. These neighborhoods will include academic/administrative, retail, entertainment and hospitality uses.