Design and Construction
Guidelines for Architects and Consultants
Architects, engineers, and other consultants interested in providing professional services to Duke University are encouraged to submit to the university information and letters of interest. Building projects are typically designed by a selected architect with other consultants as team participants. The selection process includes a review of an architect's experience, design work, and ability to perform the required professional services. Architects are invited to submit information for specific projects and are often interviewed. Architects selected for capital projects are endorsed by the senior officers and trustees of Duke University.
Each design project at Duke has its own unique programmatic and contextual requirements. The architect shall take into consideration the location of the project and shall be prepared to design with the program and unique surroundings fully understood. There are no pre-established design styles of solutions for any project. In the early design stages, various solutions for design opportunities shall be explored and presented.
Duke University requires that all consultants adhere to the latest edition of the Duke University Design Guidelines. Design concepts shall incorporate the latest available technology wherever possible. Energy conservation and efficiency of mechanical/electrical systems and equipment us of prime importance; Duke is committed to being a sustainable university. All Duke building projects are designed to meet a LEED Silver USGBC standard, or better.