Director, Campus Planning & Landscape Architecture
Facilities Planning & Management
Gary A. Brown, PLA, FASLA has been with the University of Wisconsin for 38 years before retiring in February 2023. After serving for 15 years with the UW System as a landscape architect and facilities planner, his travels around the state’s 26-campus system brought him back to his alma mater, UW-Madison. He served as the director of Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture for 23 years, overseeing the development and implementation of the 20-year campus master plan on this spectacular 938-acre university campus. He also served as the university’s historic preservation officer, environmental affairs officer, and was the inaugural director of the university’s 300-acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from UW-Madison and was inducted as a Fellow with the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2004 for his administrative works. During retirement, he serves as a trustee on the Wisconsin Union Association board and is writing a book on the history of those who planned the UW-Madison campus from 1848 to 2023 in celebration of the university’s 175th anniversary.
Current Capital Improvement Projects at UW–Madison
The Campus Master Plan: A Vision for the Future
The UW-Madison’s 2015 Campus Master Plan provides a roadmap for future development options from 2015 to 2025 along with design guidelines, updates to the 2005 campus utilities and transportation master plans, the first ever landscape master plan and a new stormwater management/green infrastructure plan for the 938-acre campus in downtown Madison. The overall plan was also the first ever City of Madison approved campus master plan as required by municipal ordinance, saving the university time and money on municipal entitlement processes. Overall goals, major initiatives and thoughts about moving forward in a post-pandemic higher education learning environment will be shared.