The North Quad is a destination for graduation pictures and alumni events, and is often cited as the part of campus representing the essence of the university. However, on a day-to-day level, this area was removed from student activity and campus life. Following its 2010 Campus Master Plan, Ayers Saint Gross reintegrated the space into the campus through improvements to landscape and hardscape. Surface parking was removed and driveways replaced with a clear hierarchy of pedestrian paths. A tree preservation plan, which included pruning and maintenance of existing plantings, ensures the longevity of the landscape.