Design Framework, Guidelines, and Standards

Yale University Framework for Campus Planning

Published in 2000, during one of the largest periods of campus building and renovation, A Framework for Campus Planning serves as a set of guidelines for design within the various parts of campus. A Framework also contains suggestions for implementing and improving campus systems including signage, landscaping, lighting, and traffic flow. The 2009 Framework for Campus Planning Supplement looks back at campus development since the publishing of A Framework in 2000, updates the University’s planning principles, and provides planning and design considerations for the future. In 2013, A Framework for Campus Planning Sustainability Supplement was published to serve as a guide for a sustainable approach to planning, building, and maintenance of Yale’s campus.

A Framework for Campus Planning (2000)

Framework Supplement (2009)

Framework Sustainability Supplement (2013)


Yale University Design Guidelines

The following documents and links are provided by various Office of Facilities and other University departments to serve as a reference for consideration in the design of Yale University facilities and infrastructure.

Basis of Design (BOD)

Sustainable Design Matrix for Limited Scope Projects

Yale Sustainability Plan 2025

Yale University Campus Signage Manual

Sustainable Stormwater Management Plan (with 2018 Update)

Water Management Plan (with 2017 Update)

Facilities Accessibility Guidelines

Yale University Design Standards for Capital Projects

The Yale University Design Standards establish the requirements for designing and building new structures and for remodeling existing structures at Yale University. The standards are also intended to assist design engineers in maintaining both consistency on a particular project and continuity with existing Yale University systems and equipment. Architectural and engineering firms and Yale University staff must use these standards as the basis for developing all facility design and construction documents.

Yale University Design Standards for Capital Projects