Architectural Commission

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The Architectural Commission was established by the Board of Regents in December, 1957, as a standing design advisory board. Its membership is composed of architects, landscape architects and planners (herein called the professional members), generally from out of state, two faculty members, three ex officio members and one student member. The purpose of the Commission is to make available to the Board of Regents and to University officials a broad base of professional judgment and skill of the highest order to guide the planning and design of campus facilities.
The Commission serves in an advisory capacity and is charged with the responsibility of reviewing significant matters relative to planning and architectural design of the University's main campus in Seattle and, from time to time at the discretion of the Executive Vice President, University planning and development in other locations. It reviews and recommends general and specific planning and design policies, campus plans, the selection of building sites, and the design of new buildings in the light of the overall policies. The Commission may also recommend the selection of architects and the termination of their services.
In order to ensure a continuity of purpose over the years and a continuity of informed judgment in the review of plans and policies, the University has adopted the following statement setting forth the organization and function of the Commission:

1. Number of Members--Representation

The Architectural Commission of the University of Washington, hereinafter called "the Commission," shall consist of a total of eleven members, eight members appointed by the Board of Regents and three ex officio members.
The Board of Regents appointed members shall consist of:
  • One member appointed from the faculty of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning or the Dean of the College, recommended by the Dean;
  • The University's Architectural Advisor;
  • Four members appointed at-large who shall be registered architects, landscape architects or qualified city planners. Recommendations for member-at-large appointments shall be made with the concurrence of the Executive Vice President by the "Membership Subcommittee" consisting of the Chair of the Commission, the University's Architectural Advisor, the Assistant Vice President for Capital Projects and a representative of the Campus Landscape Advisory Committee;
  • The current or former Chair of the Faculty Council on University Facilities and Services recommended by the Faculty Senate;
  • A student member jointly recommended by the President of the Associated Students of the University of Washington and the President of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate.
A representative of the Campus Landscape Advisory Committee, the Assistant Vice President for Capital Projects and the Executive Vice President shall serve as ex officio members without vote. The Chair of the Commission may designate additional ex officio members as appropriate.

2. Term of Membership

Each professional member shall normally be appointed for a term of three years. Each lay member shall be appointed for a term of one year. When a vacancy occurs in the at-large, professional membership of the Commission and is filled by the Board of Regents, the person appointed to fill the vacancy shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term. Members of the Commission may succeed themselves and may serve beyond the appointed term until a successor is appointed. Membership terms shall be staggered, in so far as is practical, so that professional appointments do not expire in the same year.

3. Officers of the Commission--Quorum--Meetings-- Procedure

The Commission member from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning shall be Chair of the Commission and preside at its meetings. Four members, of whom at least three shall be professional members, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Actions constituting Commission recommendations must secure the approval of a majority of those present.
The Executive Vice President shall authorize appropriate compensation for the professional members.
The Chair of the Commission is authorized to appoint subcommittees as necessary to act on behalf of the Architectural Commission, to expedite timely review or to review small projects which would not otherwise be reviewed by the Commission.

4. Advisory Responsibilities--Referral Function

The Architectural Commission shall serve in an advisory capacity with reference to the planning and development of the University campus. Its role shall be that of recommending to the University such architectural and planning principles and policies as it considers appropriate and advantageous in guiding the physical growth and redevelopment of the campus and its facilities. The University shall refer all campus architectural and planning matters except minor interior remodeling, renovations, and utility and minor grounds projects, to the Commission for review and recommendations.

5. Comprehensive Plan

It shall be the function of the Commission to make recommendations concerning the preparation of a comprehensive general plan for the orderly physical development of the University campus, and more specific plans for portions of the campus. The plans shall be periodically reviewed and revised, and all revisions shall be referred to the Commission for recommendation. It shall further be the function of the Commission to make recommendations concerning the aesthetic development of the campus. Such recommendations shall include the design or aesthetic principles and guidelines that the Commission believes should be followed in the overall development of the campus. These recommendations shall be documented and may be revised from time to time for the purpose of providing a current guide for the design of grounds and buildings. In making recommendations involving campus open space and planting, the Commission should seek advice from the Campus Landscape Advisory Committee.

6. Special Projects -- Design Requirements -- Referral Functions

It shall be the function of the Commission to make recommendations concerning the architectural design of specific projects. These projects shall include new construction, additions to existing buildings when such additions affect the exterior appearance of buildings, major interior renovations of existing significant buildings and projects involving the development of the campus grounds, including landscaping, sculpture and art. Such projects shall be referred to the Commission prior to the commencement of detailed planning work, and it shall be the function of the Commission to make recommendations for the guidance of project designers. Such recommendations shall set forth planning and aesthetic principles as they relate to the campus plans and to the principles of campus design and such other recommendations deemed proper and important in the design of the project. The work of project designers shall be referred to the Commission from time to time and at the completion of the schematic and preliminary phases of the work. It shall be the function of the Commission to advise and assist the project designer and the University in the development of the project. The Commission may recommend changes in the project designer's work or may recommend approval. Recommendations involving major changes in the scope of the project shall receive the concurrence of the Executive Vice President.

7. Recommendations for Awarding of Design Contracts

The professional members of the Architectural Commission shall make recommendations to the Office of the President and/or the Board of Regents for the awarding of major design contracts for new construction and additions to existing buildings when such additions affect the exterior appearance of buildings and major planning and site studies. Major design contracts are those which require Board of Regents approval.

8. Procedure

Where it is necessary that formal procedures shall be followed in meetings of the Architectural Commission, they shall be governed by "Robert's Rules of Order, latest revised edition."

9. Conflict of Interest

Commission members or their firms shall not be eligible to accept design or major consulting contracts with the University of Washington on any projects during their time on the Commission.

Chapter IV revised January 21, 1977; BR, October 1989; BR, June 9, 1995; September 17, 1999; January 21, 2000.

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