As a means to support a vibrant and diverse institution of higher education, Southern Methodist University will continue to provide facilities which promote growth in instruction, research, and campus and student services while maintaining its traditions in architectural form and style. It is this conviction which fosters and creates a demand for new facilities, the adaptation and renovation of existing facilities, and the development of campus planning.
The purpose of the Design Guidelines and Construction Standards Manual is to facilitate and support the improvement and maintenance of a harmonious campus while encouraging architectural innovation and quality construction. This manual is intended to be a fluid document allowing an interpretive expression of the University’s design intent. The University encourages the use of these guidelines and standards as a source of information to develop projects which improve the built environment and promote design and construction professionals to serve as stewards of the University's resources.
A campus that is both functional and beautiful supports a healthy environment for learning and growth; plays an integral role in attracting and retaining students, faculty, and staff; encourages thinking and collaboration; and promotes pride and ownership in its users. It is the goal of this Manual through its collection of information, details, and diagrams to support these principles.
SMU Design Guidelines and Construction Standards Manual: December 2012 Update