David J. Neuman, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

Founding Principal

  • Strategic Planning
  • Land Use and Campus Planning
  • Organizational Change
  • Project Development


  • UCLA, PhD Candidate, Urban Planning
  • Bowling Green State University, Master of Arts, American Studies
  • University of Michigan, Bachelor of Architecture, Magna Cum Laude
  • University of Notre Dame, Bachelor of Arts


  • Architect: California, Ohio, and Virginia
  • USGBC LEED® Accredited Professional
  • NCARB Certification

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Architects: Fellow
  • American Planning Association
  • San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)
  • Society for College and University Planning: Advisory Council
  • US Green Building Council

Awards & Honors

  • American Institute of Architects
  • American Planning Association
  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • CCAIA: Corporate Architect Honor Award
  • CCAIA: Client Honor Award
  • California Governor’s Historic Preservation Award
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Society for College and University Planning

David is the Founding Principal of Neu Campus Planning, and brings more than 50 years of managerial, planning and design experience in higher education administration and facilities/campus planning. Formerly, he served as the Chief Planning Official and Architect for the University of Virginia; Associate Vice Provost for Planning and University Architect at Stanford University; Associate Vice Chancellor for Planning and Campus Architect at the University of California, Irvine; Associate Campus Architect at Bowling Green State; University and Consulting Campus Architect for the University of California, Santa Barbara, the University of Nebraska System and the University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu.

He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects; is the recipient of the AIA California Council Corporate Architect Award; and has accepted major awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the California Governor’s Office. He has served on national AIA and international design award juries; and successfully managed twenty-two design competitions.

Projects and plans involving his direct oversight and collaboration have received more than 100 local, regional and national awards of excellence, as well as more than 80 LEED certifications. In addition to numerous conference presentations and journal articles, his publications include: Critical Architecture and Contemporary Culture (Oxford Press, 1994), The Campus Guide: Stanford University (Princeton Architectural Press, 1999 & 2006), Building Type Basics for College and University Facilities (Wiley and Sons, 2003 & 2013 English & 2005 Mandarin), and The Campus Guide: University of Virginia (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012).


University of Virginia
Architect for the University
Chief Planning Official (2004-2014)

Senior administrative position, reporting both to the Rector of the Board of Visitors and the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for overall stewardship and preservation of the World Heritage Site (Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village) and oversight and management of the development of the University Grounds, inclusive of the Charlottesville campus and medical center (4,000+ acres), the UVA College at Wise, the State Arboretum, and other UVA research sites throughout the Commonwealth.

Responsible for land use planning and related policies; biological/cultural heritage/archaeological oversight; comprehensive design guidelines; management of the facility planning and programming process; interface with State, City and County agencies associated with land use planning and development; selection / collaboration with international design teams on capital projects; oversight and leadership in sustainability efforts in both physical and operational arenas; coordination with all real estate development activities including two research parks; and guidance/coordination of efforts in related areas for philanthropy and extramural support.

"Mr. Neuman has guided the planning for the first two phases of the $50 million Rotunda renovation project that will bring the Rotunda into the modern era and return it to its place as the center of student activity and academics....

[he] has championed sustainability planning leading to University commitment to reduce both carbon and nitrogen footprints to 25% below 2009 levels by 2025 and the attainment of LEED certification for all new buildings and major renovations..."

UVA Board of Visitors Commendation of David J. Neuman, September 2014

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Stanford University
University Architect (1989-2004); Director
Planning Office (1991-1994)
Associate Vice Provost for Planning (1994-2004)

Senior administrative position responsible for overall coordination of land use planning, urban design and environmental stewardship activities involving the academic campus, medical center, linear accelerator center (SLAC), Stanford Research Park, Hopkins Marine Station, and academic reserve areas (8,000+ acres). Responsible for land use planning policies and plans, biological/cultural resources/archaeological oversight; environmental impact reports and associated documentation; creation of site planning and facility design guidelines; and interface/engagement with the President, Provost, and other senior administration, Board of Trustees, seven local municipalities, multiple governmental agencies and various internal/external constituencies related to these matters.

"The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University thanks David J. Neuman for his fourteen years service as University Architect, Associate Vice Provost and Director of the Planning Office, and for the exemplary professional and personal leadership he brought to that role."


Board of Trustees Commendation, December 2003 (download full text)

University of California, Irvine
Associate Vice-Chancellor (1986-1989)
Campus Architect (1977-1989)

Senior administrative position responsible for all areas of capital planning, real estate development, facility programming, architectural/engineering policies and guidelines, project management, contract administration, and construction management for both campus and medical center. Initiated the first campus-based real estate office within the UC System, including the first public/private (P3) ground lease projects and first major faculty/staff housing corporation with more than 1000 housing units.  Collaborated with renowned architects  and landscape architects to complete a series of award-winning projects with significant media coverage.

"The University of California, Irvine has become an architectural showcase, and one man is responsible: former Campus Architect and Vice Chancellor David Neuman.... Neuman found at Irvine a university build as a model of 1960s planning and transformed it into a paradigm for 1980s placemaking."

Architectural Record, 1990