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 Officer (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 municipalities, multiple 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 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 donors on campus planning and design matters.

Major Initiatives

Strategic Land Use Planning: Developed internally the 2000 Stanford University Community Plan to assure future sustainable growth,  which  involved an extensive community outreach process. Led a two-year public entitlement process to acquire rights to develop 2M sq ft of new academic space and 4000 additional housing units.

Campus Planning: Established the 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 mission and promoted a successful $3B+ capital development program.

Environmental Planning: Created an Environmental and Community Planning team incorporating archeology, biology, geology, transportation and urban design staff to develop land use plans, habitat management programs and 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 Geographic Information System (GIS).

Design Competitions: Developed and managed a leading-edge design competition process resulting in a series of twelve (12) major capital projects with renowned international designers.

Prototype Facilities Development: Participated as a key member in the leadership and design teams that planned and implemented the James  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 related infrastructure.  Assisted in multiple projects to redevelop the Stanford Research Park and related assets.

Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse: Participated in the team that developed strategies to negotiate with FEMA and SHPO related to the Loma Prieta earthquake toward rehabilitating 140 structures. Successfully completed 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