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The master plan for Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus was originally developed by New York architect Jens Frederick Larson in the 1950s. The plan has since been revised four times: in 1986, 1991, 2000 and 2009. Each of the first three revisions focused on a single area of campus or addressed specific needs, such as a building site, rather than looking at the campus as a whole.

The most recent master plan update, published in 2009, attempts to identify the requirements for the Reynolda Campus to sustain the educational mission of the University for the next 30 years. The plan considers buildings, green spaces, parking, traffic, utility infrastructure and environmental and sustainability issues.

The two year process was guided by a steering committee and a larger advisory committee, each with representatives from the campus community. Ayers Saint Gross, a leading campus-planning firm, was retained to assist with the planning process.

The resulting updated master plan is not an inventory of building projects. It is, instead, a thirty-year forward projection, with recommendations on the placement of new buildings, campus streets, and other architectural and landscape features.