Simon Fraser University's original campus in Burnaby is an architectural jewel designed by Arthur Erickson and is the 2007 winner of the prestigious Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Prix du XXe siècle (20th century prize)
. Many of Erickson's organizing concepts for the campus are integrated into the Burnaby campus site design and development guidelines. These guidelines ensure that new building development and expansion fits within the overall plan and makes best use of limited land resources, fits within the plans for supporting infrastructure, meets the functional needs of the university and respects the campus’s architectural heritage. Campus planning traditionally applied primarily to Burnaby Campus, but today, also includes planning for development of Vancouver and Surrey Campuses, as growth and needs change in those locations takes place.
Campus Planning also works closely with SFU Community Trust in assessing future plans for expansion of the Burnaby Mountain UniverCity Community
. Smart growth, and transportation planning ensure the development of the Burnaby Mountain community is coordinated with university plans and infrastructure.