Initiatives of the Master Space Plan: departmental restructuring and high impact projects.

The Master Space Plan guides the College as it continues to grow the faculty and innovate academic programs within the constraints of the existing buildings.

 Realigned organization of College of Natural Sciences departments

Detailed implementation plan: The plan translates College needs into long-term capital projects.

The University of Texas at Austin
College of Natural Sciences Master Space Plan

Austin, TX / United States


1.2 million SF

Chemistry, Integrative Biology, Neuroscience, Molecular Biosciences, Astronomy, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Data Sciences, Human Ecology

Established in 1970, the College of Natural Sciences is the largest college at The University of Texas at Austin and one of the largest colleges of science in the United States. The College occupies approximately 1.2 million square feet of space in more than 16 buildings, which support 11 departments. The College commissioned the Master Space Plan to express a long-term vision by setting strategic priorities that are consistent with both the University’s Campus Master Plan and the College of Natural Sciences Strategic Plan. The Master Space Plan serves to position the College to lead a future of rapid change and innovation in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

The Master Space Plan recommends a dual-initiative to transition the College from a departmental-based organization to a program-based organization in which multidisciplinary collaboration is maximized. In order to foster interactions at the interface of traditional disciplines, the multidisciplinary use of existing space, including the collocation of teaching space and research groups from multiple departments and programs, is encouraged. This allows for the pursuit of new and innovative research opportunities. Coupled with prioritized departmental moves, high-impact projects leverage the College’s assets to create identifiable and energized hubs of social, teaching and research activity.

In association with Sasaki.

Leon W. Drachman, AIA, LEED Green Assoc.

Sarah N. Lindenfeld, AIA
Project Manager