Campus Master Plan

The Campus Master Plan sets the parameters, policies and directions for the physical development of the campus – its buildings, landscapes, movement systems and general infrastructure. It fulfils the Board of Governors’ policy to update the Carleton University Campus Plan every five years. It deals with the location and size of buildings without determining the uses except in a general sense, since these will vary over time. A review of the Campus Master Plan began in September 2015 and will be completed in June 2016. Details about the 2015-’16 review are below.

Why a Campus Master Plan Update?

As Carleton approaches its 75th anniversary in 2017, the university is poised to advance its next five-year mission for building and operating a healthy, fiscally responsible, sustainable campus community. Building on the 2010 Campus Master Plan, this five-year review will update the elements of the existing Master Plan that require emphasis, additional consideration or updating to reflect the evolving approach to sustainable campus design.

The Master Plan Update will look at the future vision for the campus including circulation, buildings, open spaces and functionality. This update will ensure that:

  1. The Plan will serve to support the university’s Mission Statement and Strategic Integrated Plan (SIP).
  2. The Plan will serve as a framework for future decisions regarding the long‐range physical development of the university campus.
  3. The Plan will strive to maximize the appropriate and efficient use of built and natural resources.
  4. The Plan will serve the diverse academic and social needs and interests of the university community.
  5. The Plan will provide for flexibility to respond to changing needs.
  6. The Plan will accommodate expanded enrolment.
  7. The Plan will address specific key issues facing the university related to physical development.

The Consultant Team

Carleton University has retained Brook McIlroy ( to prepare the Carleton Campus Master Plan Update. Their team includes Campus Planners, Urban Designers, Architects, Landscape Architects, Transportation Planners and Engineers, Stakeholder and Public Engagement Specialists, Project Managers, and LEED Accredited Professionals. Working with them are Parsons for Transportation Engineering, Chorley + Bisset Engineering for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Entro for Wayfinding and Signage and Amec Foster Wheeler for Water and Waste Water.

Campus Community Consultation

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Feedback from students, faculty and staff, as well as from key stakeholders from within the Ottawa community will be central to the development of the Campus Master Plan Update. Throughout the process, there will be opportunities for the campus community to review work and provide feedback, either by attending a visioning workshop, an open house or by providing direct feedback via online questionnaires. The input offered by the campus community will assist in shaping the future of Carleton University.

Jan. 18 2016 Open House Presentation

Tell us what you think about the Open House Presentation: We want your feedback 

Please check back regularly, we will post updates on the Campus Master Planning process on this website and will keep you informed about upcoming opportunities for input through Today@Carleton.

Contact Us: General comments and questions may be directed to: Darryl Boyce, Assistant Vice-President (Facilities Management and Planning), at or at (613) 520-2600, ext. 4475.


The Campus Master Planning process commenced in September 2015 with completion anticipated in June 2016.


The Steering Committee

The role of the Steering Committee is to provide ongoing direction and feedback on the Campus Master Plan Update. Members will represent and anticipate the concerns of the university community, particularly those involved with plan approval and implementation. The Steering Committee includes:

  1. Duncan Watt, Vice President (Finance and Administration) – Chair
  2. Katelyn Bauer, Undergraduate Student
  3. Suzanne Blanchard, Vice-President (Students and Enrolment)
  4. Darryl Boyce, Assistant Vice-President (Facilities Management and Planning)
  5. Rafik Goubran, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Design
  6. Barry Hobin, Chair, Building Program Committee, Board of Governors
  7. Wayne Jones, University Librarian
  8. Yolana Junco-Pascual, Assistant Director, Operations & Business Development (Athletics)
  9. Ed Kane, Assistant Vice-President (University Services)
  10. Maria McClintock, Manager, Strategic Communications (Finance and Administration)
  11. Rindi Piepers, Graduate Student
  12. Kristine Nadon, Assistant Director, Space Management and Capital Planning (Facilities Management and Planning)

The Board of Governors

The Board of Governors will provide the ultimate approval and direction on the Campus Master Plan. They will approve and accept the Final Report as university policy.

View the current 2016 Campus Master Plan.