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The Office of the University Architect serves as the University’s steward for all issues affecting the aesthetic quality of the physical environment of the campus. The office develops and maintains policies to ensure that the overall quality of the Cornell campus, its buildings and landscapes is maintained and improved. It leads in the selection of architects and engineers for all major projects and provides guidance during the design process. The University Architect or his designee, the Associate University Architect reviews and approves all building and landscape modifications affecting the visual quality of the campus. The University Architect presents all major new building designs to the Administration and the Trustees for formal approval.