University of Wisconsin–Madison

Design Review Board

The Design Review Board (DRB) reviews capital projects within the framework of the Campus Master Plan with emphasis on:

The relationship of a building and its public spaces to the larger campus context;

The quality of public open space and landscape, architectural form and exterior appearance;

The design of primary interior public spaces.

The DRB will typically review a project during the conceptual phase, schematic design, and design development. Some projects, for various reasons, may necessitate more or less than three reviews.

Conceptual Phase

Review may take place during programming and include analysis of the Campus Master Plan and studies, relationships between site and open space, circulation patterns, architectural context including scale, detail and materials, interior public spaces.

Schematic Design

Review may focus on a building's relationship to its site, its massing and scale, and its contextual relationships including landscape concept, public and shared interior spaces, public versus private zones, scale and vertical space and materials.

Design Development

Review may focus on complete schematic design before construction documents and may continue discussion of mass and scale, landscape design, relationships of major public and shared interior spaces to site, materials and preliminary detailing.

Upcoming Meetings

The next meeting of the Design Review Board is scheduled for September 10, 2018, in Room 405 at 30 N. Mills Street. A second review of the Parking Lots 129 & 130 Reconstruction project will be presented from 1:00-1:45 pm.