Architectural Design

BP 16-40

APPROVED: October 12, 1989
EFFECTIVE: October 12, 1989
REPEALED: September 14, 2000
READOPTED: August 25, 2001
REPEALED: February 9, 2022


/ Joe D. May /
Joe D. May
System President

Policy Statement

The character, design integrity, and design effectiveness of a college campus are a matter of Board concern. It is the policy of the Board that campuses be designed to facilitate teaching effectiveness and enhance the instructional program, reflect the image of the community, be in harmony with their environment, and reflect the long term nature of college facilities.


This policy applies to projects which involve planning of new facilities or remodeling of existing facilities on state system community college campuses when such projects will have a visual impact and/or will affect the nature of the campus design.

Preliminary Review of Projects

When a college submits a facility program plan or requests exemption from the program planning process pursuant to BP 16-20, the System president shall determine whether the project falls within the scope of this policy and consult with the board chair to determine the nature and extent of board involvement in review of the project.

If an architect is selected to design the project and the board chair determines that board review is desirable, the system president shall request the architect to meet with board members as designated by the board chair, the college president, and the system president, prior to commencing work on the project.

Review of Architectural Designs

If, after meeting with the architect, the Board determines that further review is necessary or desirable, the Board chair shall appoint a System Architectural Design Review Committee. The membership of the committee shall include three architectural professionals who are fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) or who have equivalent standing in the architectural community.

The committee shall review plans for the project and make recommendations to the project architect, the college president, and the System president.

Approval of Projects

Renderings of the design for the project will be submitted to the Board for approval prior to implementation.


The system president shall promulgate such procedures as may be needed to implement this policy.