Delaware State University, Campus Master Plan

Dover, Delaware
A celebration of rich civic and cultural history

Delaware State University strives to become America’s most diverse and contemporary HBCU by expanding its capacity to provide a life-changing, high-quality, low-cost education to 10,000+ students. The university’s diverse network of campuses presents an opportunity to serve a greater demographic of students, with programs aligned to talent and work force needs.

Driving Change
"Historically Black Colleges and Universities are a movement driving change in diversity, equity, and socio-economic mobility to create opportunities for learning, research, and mentorship for all."

― Tony Allen, Ph.D, President, Delaware State University

Celebration Plaza
The Diversity plaza honors and pays homage to the Divine Nine, a coalition of historically Black sororities and fraternities, that are the foundation of social life at HBCU’s to promote diversity and cooperation.
What Makes it Cool
The reimagined campus framework fosters innovation and collaboration through a node and network system.

The civic spine acts as an iconic gateway to the campus, forming the signature organizing open space at the heart of the university. A new outdoor pavilion functions as a social hub for students to collaborate, hold events and socialize, with connections to the adjacent athletic precinct.

The digital community is envisioned as a network of re-imagined libraries and collaboration spaces, social amenities, co-working spaces and student life.
Digital Campus Experience
Transformation for the Future.

The Campus Master Plan provides recommendations for transformative spaces, new housing models, and robust student services needed to support the leaders of tomorrow. A flexible framework plan integrates growth opportunities, creates synergies, and supports a vibrant civic realm.

what makes it cool
An open space framework built for belonging.

The landscape framework plan creates a series of inter-connected open spaces that are diverse in character and enhance the overall civic realm and identity of the campus.

Integrated resilience measures ensure the campus is built for the future.

The campus prioritizes natural systems to manage rainwater, integrating “sponge” landscape infrastructure into streets, open spaces, and buildings for a more resilient, eco-friendly environment.

Project Team

Gautam Sundaram
Brad Rogers
Zena Howard
Malcolm Davis
Stephen Sefton
Jennifer Williams
Yanel de Angel