Physical and Environmental Planning (PEP) within Real Estate develops projects, plans and reports and engages with public agencies, cities and the community, to support the University’s physical space and transportation needs.

PEP provides leadership in development and review of physical planning and design of capital project proposals. A framework of physical and academic plans that are regularly updated guide decision-making for campus owned properties and their uses. Much like an Advanced Planning department of a city, PEP's role is to help develop and implement these plans, enhancing and sustaining the distinct character and environs of the UC Berkeley campus as it grows and changes. PEP is the office of record for project design review and environmental approvals and is responsible for campus compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Assistant Vice Chancellor Emily Marthinsen, who directs PEP, is the UC Berkeley Campus Architect. 


  • Master planning and urban design
  • Physical and urban planning
  • Project development management 
  • Project design review
  • Environmental planning/CEQA/NEPA
  • Transportation planning
  • Historic resource studies
  • Coordination with public agencies (e.g., City of Berkeley, City of Richmond, AC Transit, state Office of Historic Preservation)
  • Special projects at the “town/gown” interface

Examples of recent project work:

Examples of recent long range planning work:

Campus planing documents:

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