The Office of Planning & Design (OPD), led by Adem Gusa, Director of Planning & Design, is responsible for facility and campus planning as well as the design oversight of capital projects. 

The Duke University Campus is unique. Most of the campus is less than 100 years old and is both historical and dynamic. Our challenge is to preserve, enhance, and maximize the campus assets in support of Duke’s mission of research, health care and education. In 2000, Duke University approved a new and dynamic Master Plan. The following nine principles guide our planning decisions in the 21st century.


Duke's Nine Guiding Design Principles

  1. Duke is a historic and dynamic campus.
  2. Duke is a premier university.
  3. Duke includes an internationally recognized health system.
  4. Duke is a university in the forest.
  5. Duke is a collection of memorable places.
  6. Duke should be a walkable campus supported by an understandable circulation system.
  7. Duke is a community of communities.
  8. Duke is a citizen of Durham and the region.
  9. Duke is a leader in environmental stewardship.

Each new project offers a unique blend of program requirements, site constraints, design needs, budget parameters and scheduling concerns. To assist clients in making informed decisions about future projects, the Office of Project Management Planning group helps to define the primary objectives of the project, identify the specific needs of the client department and develop potential solutions. When a project is of significant size or complexity, assistance is provided in selecting an architecture/planning firm to assist in the effort.

The Office of Planning and Design consists of Planners, Architects, Landscape Architects, GIS Professionals and CAD Technicians and provides the following:


Services We Provide

  • Capital Planning
  • Space Planning
  • Design Oversight
  • Feasibility Studies & Test-Fits
  • Building Programming
  • Site Planning
  • Landscape Design
  • Conceptual Designs
  • Illustrative Graphics
  • Campus Signage & Wayfinding
  • As-Built Drawing Documentation