UNCSA appoints university architect

Christopher Placco is UNCSA ArchitectUNCSA has appointed Christopher Placco, of Monterey, California, as its university architect. He will begin on June 1, 2017.

His vast experience, education and strong design background will be a welcome and needed addition to the Facilities Management Department as the campus moves forward with several major capital initiatives including the Campus Master Plan, Stevens Center Master Plan, Performance Place renovation, Old Library renovation and New Library Phase III.

Placco most recently served as the associate vice president of Campus Planning & Development for California State University Monterey Bay. In that capacity, he was responsible for the planning, design and construction for projects supporting an increase in enrollment at the campus from 6,000 students to 13,000. He also was responsible for the development of its 2016 master plan that will guide campus development and capital projects for the next 15 years.

Previously Placco was vice president of facilities management at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. In that role, he was responsible for all capital projects and campus facilities operations.

Placco also was executive vice president of RGB Architects, a 45-person architectural and interior design firm. He served as a principal of the firm and director of design. While at RGB, he was responsible for the design and implementation of new construction, adaptive reuse and renovations with an emphasis on libraries, galleries and other aspirational public buildings.

Chris is a licensed professional architect and holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture, both from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.

Contact: Lauren Whitaker

May 17, 2017

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