Principal, Campus Planning Director / Kansas City
Jeff Funovits has a passion for helping his clients achieve memorable campus experiences for their students, faculty, staff, and community. For more than 25 years, he has worked with a diverse client base that includes universities, developers, institutions and government agencies to deliver masterplans that have shaped campuses and cities throughout the US. His experience ranges from campus masterplans to large scale land planning to urban infill projects. Jeff’s visionary leadership, fresh approach and creativity has impacted campuses small and large, including Ohio State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst and University of Dayton. As the lead campus planner at Populous, Jeff’s approach is both personal and tailored, seeking to thoroughly understand the complexities each client faces before developing a dynamic campus masterplan that addresses early wins as well as transformational opportunities. The combination of his leadership style and development experience in the private sector allows him to lead his clients through an engaging planning process which results in the realization of their visions through responsible and realistic planning. Jeff’s interactive approach to campus planning uses social media and modern technology to engage all stakeholders in developing a campus masterplan that is viable and centered around the human experience. He is also responsible for the leading the creation of the first campus planning app that will change the way you use your master plan by making it flexible, mobile, and intuitive; a truly living document.
Jeff believes strongly in the importance of being the advocate for his clients and commits to developing lasting relationships. His dedication to assisting clients in realizing their visions is a core value that drives him to engage the client at all levels, and his leadership does not end there. Jeff is a seasoned manager, with more than a decade and a half of experience aiding in firm business development, leading design and assisting with brand development efforts. A frequent speaker and industry thought leader, Jeff is often asked by clients and industry organizations to share his perspective on campus planning, landscape architecture and urban planning.