Building Signage

The university provides outdoor building and wayfinding signage to help people identify and navigate university properties.

The Architectural Review Committee oversees campus signage and is involved when alterations to the campus’ physical appearance are being considered. ARC also coordinates with Facilities & Services and Strategic Communications and Marketing to ensure all proposals are compatible with campus installation and brand standards.

Design templates for signage have been developed and approved by ARC. Units wanting to deviate from these guidelines need to consult with and receive approval from ARC.

For more information, please review the Campus Administrative Manual and the ARC website.

Building Signs

Exterior of Sidney Lu Mechanical Engineering Building on Green Street


  • One sign per building, located at the main entrance.


  • The building name and address is the default information shown on these signs and is always presented in the top and bottom positions, as shown in the examples below.
  • Major academic colleges and schools, as well as institutes, may include the name of their unit on signs where their headquarters are located — meaning the building that houses the office of their dean or director.
  • No building name is needed when the building and unit names are the same or sufficiently similar (e.g., Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology).
  • Major donors, honorifics or commemorative names may be included and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Other signage types are also available to recognize important individuals. Please contact ARC to learn more.
  • Noteworthy building parts or spaces, such as labs, are considered individually. Greater numbers of annual visitors and criticality of services increase the potential for inclusion of noteworthy spaces on building signs.
  • No other in-ground building signs will include the names of units housed in a given building, including the names of departments and schools within colleges.
  • Oftentimes a building houses several units. These signs should not be relied on to identify specific units. Use building directories to provide this information.


Default Example:

Major College Example:

Major Donor Example:

Building Space Example:

Major Institute Example:

Honorific Example:

Wayfinding Signs

Used on a limited basis, these signs support critical wayfinding for units that occupy numerous buildings spread across a large area.



  • Include the names of buildings, units and services accompanied by directional arrows.