Building User Group

The role of the Knight Campus Building User Group is to think broadly about institutional goals and provide counsel on scientific functions and needs of the infrastructure in which new research teams will be housed. This building group is distinctive from others on campus in that the individuals involved in designing the spaces will by and large not be used by the individual group members or current colleagues in existing departments.  The group has been charged with.

  • Initial meetings with user group and personnel from campus planning to review process
  • Review architecture firm proposals and participate in interviews to select lead firm
  • Visit buildings to gain ideas and locate functional existing designs - optional
  • Meet with architecture firm and design team for an estimated four hours every other week
  • Continued participation as construction begins

Knight Campus Building User Group members were appointed by the acting Executive Director and are expected to remain on the project until substantial completion of the project.

Appointed Members

Patrick Phillips, chair
Professor of Biology, special advisor to the president

Beth Stormshak
Professor of Counseling Psychology and Director of the Prevention Science Institute

Bill Cresko
Professor of Biology and Associate Vice President for Research

Cris Niell
Assistant Professor of Biology

Darin Dehle
Director of Design and Construction

Darren Johnson
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Mike Harwood
Associate Vice President of Campus Planning and University Architect

Raghu Parthasarathy
Associate Professor of Physics

Rob Thallon
Associate Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Campus Planning Committee

Vickie DeRose
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Moira Kiltie
Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff