The Campus Planning and Development Department leads a variety of institutional initiatives, including master planning, transportation, parking and mobility, design guidelines, zoning, government regulations, and historic preservation, while balancing the needs of the University with its neighbors. The University conducts its academic, research, athletic, and cultural programs on three primary campuses.


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The Coral Gables campus is located on 239-acres in the heart of the city of Coral Gables and consists of 113 buildings totaling approximately 4.3 million square feet plus structured parking. The Gables campus hosts all the undergraduate programs as well as the graduate programs in the seven colleges and schools and has a student residential population of about 4,000 students. Our campus architecture is framed by lush, tropical landscaping. The heart of our campus is Lake Osceola which offers dramatic water views and cooling breezes. Approximately 10,000 undergraduate students attend UM and hail from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. 

The campus grew rapidly after World War II and is lauded as the first modern campus in the nation, with many fine examples of buildings designed in the International and Miami Modern style.  Five of these structures have been designated locally as historic landmarks and exemplify outstanding examples of their architectural style. Additional Information about the history and development of the campus is available in Historic Landmarks, including the designation reports for the previously mentioned five historic buildings.

Our campus development is guided by local zoning/code regulations and our desire to employ sound planning principles for development of our campus needs while expressing sensitivity to the residential areas that border our campus. The neighboring community is important to us, and our community relations program ‘Canes in the Community offers a number of educational, recreational, and cultural resources to area residents.


The Miller School of Medicine, an academic medical center founded in 1952, is located north of downtown Miami and consists of approximately 68 acres of owned and leased land within the 153-acre University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center complex (Health District). The University has approximately 5 million square feet of research, academic, and health care facilities. There are over 1,000 graduate students that who participate in a wide variety of degree programs – mostly related to the medical, research, and science fields.  Since the students are postgraduate in nature, there is no student housing at this campus.  medschoolaerial' This urban campus is part of the Health District, a one-square mile area that includes major civic, social service, educational and health care institutions. The University works closely with the City of Miami and major institutions in the Health District to fulfill a mission to improve the following six goals: quality of life; economic development; education; housing; clean and safe neighborhood; and retail development.  The Health District stakeholders work with other transportation agencies to improve mobility to and within the Health District. 

Campus development is guided by the City of Miami 21 Zoning Code under the Civic Institutional – Health District (CI-HD) section and is primary focused on the best principles for high density urban infill and development that suits the character of the district where the campus is located.

Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

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The Rosenstiel School , founded in 1943, is a leading oceanographic research and education institution located on 18 acres of owned and leased property on Biscayne Bay on Virginia Key, in Miami-Dade County. The campus consists of over 280,000 square feet of research and academic facilities.  It is primarily a research campus for graduate students and does not have residential facilities. 

The campus is ideally situated on a barrier island to take advantage of the bay and the ocean access to conduct research.  It houses saltwater research facilities, laboratory buildings, academic buildings, a marine library, and a boat dock.  The F.G. Walton Smith, an advanced research catamaran designed for tropical oceanography, makes its home at the campus. 

Campus development of the Rosenstiel campus is regulated by the Miami-Dade County Zoning Code under the Interim District (GU) and reflects the character of the barrier island as its basis for regulating future buildings.