Master Plan Overview

In November 2016, Virginia Commonwealth University began the conversation about our next strategic plan. The Strategic Plan provides a framework for capitalizing on the outstanding assets that form the VCU experience — a commitment to educational quality, an environment that embraces diversity, an evolving research program with substantial increases in extramural funding, pre-eminent academic programs, an engaged community and a growing alumni base.

Following closely with the strategic planning effort is a new Master Site Plan, which will align the strategic initiatives and the mission of VCU with the physical environment. Virginia Commonwealth University has hired Ayers Saint Gross, an internationally recognized architectural, planning and design firm, to coordinate the development of a new comprehensive VCU Master Site Plan. Ayers Saint Gross will develop and manage the master planning process, which will begin in fall 2017 and continue through the end of 2018. The firm specializes in master plans and building designs for higher education institutions, including Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Ohio State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The firm has worked with VCU on multiple projects over the past decade, including a campus space analysis, the Gladding Residence Center project and a student affairs master plan.

The University is committed to providing an open, thoughtful, transparent and inclusive master planning process designed to engage the VCU community and our external stakeholders. The relationship between the campus and city of Richmond will also be an important piece of the plan. VCU and Richmond community members will have plenty of opportunities to become part of the planning process, beginning with kickoff meetings in the fall.

This website will be updated and expanded as the process continues. Please check back often. You can also keep updated on the master planning process through the VCU Facebook page, Twitter, and direct email (please send an email to to be added to the list).