Become a Master of the Physical Master Plan

The NC State University Facilities Division is pleased to announce the launch of the Physical Master Plan Orientation: Level 1 course. This self-paced online course is designed to provide campus stakeholders — including faculty, staff and students — an overview of the NC State physical campus, the 2023 Physical Master Plan report, the guiding principles and the campus development process.

The orientation consists of three levels, designed to equip participants with the knowledge to actively participate in shaping the campus’ future. Understanding how the physical campus was developed through the years will provide important context for members of our community who want to influence future development through their informed participation. The course is intended for anyone who is interested in knowing more about the physical campus, and it is required for stakeholders involved in campus development.

A graph from the Physical Master Plan that demonstrates the growth of campus over the years measured in gross square feet.

Development of the orientation course was spearheaded by the Facilities Division.

“I know of no other university that continues broad stakeholder involvement with campus development beyond the physical master plan publication effort,” said Lisa Johnson, university architect and assistant vice chancellor for Campus Planning and Strategic Investment. “Orientation allows the campus community to be informed and engaged in the development of the physical campus, which is hugely important in ensuring that we are making the best decisions for NC State.”

Multicolored puzzle pieces combined to form the shape of a howling wolf
The “icon” of the Physical Master Plan orientation, designed by NC State students.

Course content includes the following:

  • Level 1: Gain a foundational understanding of the physical campus, guiding principles, campus development process and the 2023 Physical Master Plan report. (Now available on REPORTER here)
  • Level 2: Deepen your knowledge about the campus development process to engage in planning and project execution discussions. (Coming soon)
  • Level 3: Delve into the design guidelines and prototypes as outlined in the 2023 Physical Master Plan report. This course will be most beneficial for project managers and designers. (Coming later)

For any questions regarding the course, contact Sarah Kwon from the Facilities Division via email at or by phone at 919-515-9898. Learn more about the 2023 Physical Master Plan at

This post was originally published in NC State News.