HEALTH SCIENCES CAMPUS LANDSCAPE MASTER PLAN

HEALTH SCIENCES CAMPUS LANDSCAPE MASTER PLAN

Client University of Southern California

The University of Southern California’s 79-acre Health Sciences Campus (HSC) is located seven miles northeast of the University Park Campus, three miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. It is a major center for biomedical research, especially in the fields of cancer, gene therapy, the neurosciences and transplantation biology.

The growing needs and vision for the campus lead to the recent completion of a Campus Master Plan. The Master Plan is intended to be both a framework and a roadmap that will assist the university in guiding physical development for the next 25 to 30 years. RELM developed the landscape design component for the Plan. The primary strategy of the landscape design was to develop the campus as a vibrant and cohesive pedestrian environment. 

Developing a sustainable landscape strategy was also key. In addition to creating high-quality and distinct precincts within the overall plan, the ‘connective tissue’ comprised of the sidewalks and streets, was equally important. Therefore, the Master Plan seeks to establish a consistent and recognizable pattern of connections through a thoughtful system of streetscape typologies made up of a kit of parts including paving, planting, street trees, and furnishings.

Watercolor renderings by Ayers Saint Gross.