Associate Vice Provost for Planning & University Architect

During his tenure at Stanford University, David Neuman was integral to planning and design of the The Clark Center. This video commemorates the 10th anniversary of The James H. Clark Center, home of Stanford Bio-X, and shows how incredibly influential it has been to both the campus and the academic community. 

Associate Vice Provost for Planning (1994-2004);
Director - Planning Office (1991-1994)

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), research park and academic reserve areas (8,000+ acres). Responsible for land use planning policies and plans; biological/cultural/archeological oversight; environmental impact reports and associated documentation; creation of site planning and facility design guidelines; and interface/outreach with the President, Provost, and other senior administration, Board of Trustees, seven (7) local municipal jurisdictions, multiple federal and state governmental agencies and various internal/external constituencies on these matters.

University Architect (1989-2004)

Senior management position responsible for leadership and direction of all campus  architectural and landscape design activities. Responsible for selection of all design consultants; oversight of the design of all new buildings and landscapes; restoration of historic structures; development of campus and medical center precinct plans and associated design guidelines; and liaison with senior administration, Board of Trustees and various key major donors on land use and campus planning and related design matters.

Major Initiatives

Strategic Land Use Planning: Developed internally the 2000 Stanford University Community Plan and associated environmental impact report to assure future sustainable growth, which involved an extensive community outreach process during a two-year public entitlement process to acquire rights to develop 2M GSF of new academic space and 4000 additional housing units, along with an extensive transportation demand management program.

Campus Planning: Established the new role of University Architect as the leader in revitalizing the campus planning process, integrating landscape and infrastructure with compatible building designs  to create a renewed campus identity that supported the academic strategic plan and enhanced a successful $3B+ capital development program.

Environmental Planning: Created an Environmental/Community Planning team incorporating archeology, biology, geology, transportation and urban design staff to develop land use plans and habitat and cultural heritage management programs, as well as associated environmental impact assessments and reports.

Outreach/Agency Communications: Formed partnerships with diverse campus constituencies and federal, state and local agencies through consistent and interactive communications,  including a refined and accessible Geographic Information System (GIS).

Design Competitions: Developed and managed a leading-edge, invited design competition process resulting in a series of twelve (12) significant capital projects with renowned international architects and landscape architects.

Prototype Facilities Development: Participated as a key member in the leadership and design teams that planned and implemented the Clark Center for Biosciences and Bioengineering, a globally-recognized initiative that fosters interdisciplinary research in bio-sciences, medicine, engineering and physical/chemical sciences.

Real Estate Development: Collaborated with the Stanford Real Estate Company in the successful development of an award-winning mixed-use project containing 1200 housing units, a major expansion of a super-regional commercial center and significant regional transportation improvements and related infrastructure.  Assisted in multiple projects to redevelop the historic Stanford Research Park and its related assets.

Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse: Participated in the team that developed strategies and negotiated with FEMA and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) related to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and the  rehabilitation of 140 Stanford buildings.  Successfully completed the work on many of these award-winning projects that resulted in a National Trust for Historic Preservation Award.


2002 Stanford University Campus Plan
Planning: University Architect & Planning Office

Clark Center for Biosciences and Bioengineering
Architecture: Foster and Partners
Landscape: Peter Walker and Partners

Center for Clinical Sciences Research
Architecture: Foster and Partners
Landscape: Peter Walker and Partners

Center for Cancer Treatment and Prevention / Ambulatory Care Pavilion
Architecture: BTA
Landscape: Pamela Burton

Thornton Center for Engineering Management
Architecture: TLMS Architects
Landscape: Walker Johnson

Gates Computer Sciences Building
Architecture: Robert A. M. Stern Architects
Landscape: Sebastian & Associates

Allen Center for Integrated Systems
Architecture: Antoine Predock Architect
Landscape: Sebastian and Associates

Hewlett & Packard Sciences & Engineering Quad
Architecture: Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners
Landscape: OLIN

Cantor Center for the Visual Arts
Architecture: Polshek Partnership with Architectural Resources Group
Landscape: SWA Group

Schwab Residential Learning Center
Architecture: Legorreta Arquitectos
Landscape: Peter Walker and Partners

Leslie Sun Field Station
Architecture: Rob Wellington Quigley Architect

Carnegie Institute of Washington Expansion
Architecture: EHDD Architecture