Architectural Review Committee

The Architectural Review Committee (ARC) is involved any time the physical fabric of the campus is considered for alteration. Its mission is to create, review, and maintain comfortable, healthy, safe, sustainable facilities in support of the academic mission.

The committee reviews and approves architectural designs and installations for new buildings, additions and alterations to existing buildings; and requests for minor physical changes to campus, including:

  • Indoor-outdoor building materials
  • Art and sculpture
  • Temporary facilities
  • Fencing
  • Signage
  • Banners
  • Antennae
  • Mechanical apparatus

ARC encourages sustainable concepts as they affect design, maintenance, and energy conservation; ensures proposed work meets historic preservation requirements; and confirms proposed work is compatible with campus standards and design guidelines.

ARC is the first step in the design review process for any new facility or addition to an existing facility at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ARC works with the selected design team representatives to develop their design review submittal and coordinates design review meetings/presentations to the Chancellor’s Design Review Committee, the Chancellor, the President and the Audit, Budget, Finance and Facilities Committee as the required process to obtain Board of Trustees approval of the facility design.



The Charge of ARC

Architectural Review Committee Charge Letter 2020-2021

 The charge of the Architectural Review Committee is to:
  1. Interpret the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Campus Design Guidelines and Facilities Standards for Professional Service Consultants and various campus units. Any design change that affects a prior interpretation made by this committee must be resubmitted for approval.
  2. Select and/or approve materials for interior and exterior applications such as, but not limited to brick, stone, glazing, roofing materials, siding, window trim, and interior finishes in terms of color, texture, style, and maintenance.
  3. Review design submissions and provide feedback to Design Consultants.
  4. Review and approve requests for siting minor physical changes, and make recommendations for major physical changes on the campus, such as art and sculpture, outdoor plazas, exterior lighting, temporary facilities, fencing, signage, banners, antennae, mechanical apparatus, etc.
  5. Review and encourage sustainable concepts as they affect design, environment, maintenance, and energy conservation.
  6. Coordinate campus revisions to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Campus Design Guidelines.
  7. Serve as the initial contact for campus facility naming requests and provide coordination of donor requests for recognition objects such as, but not limited to trees and benches.
  8. Review the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Campus Facilities & Services Standards for design issues and coordinate revisions where necessary.
  9. Assist the Director of Capital Programs in the variance process for design issues.
  10. Work with the Campus Historic Preservation Officer as required.