The Board purchases a 50,000-square-meter plot of land in Santo Amaro from the São Paulo Light and Power Company for its new campus, only to back out before the contract is signed due to concerns that the neighborhood will soon be engulfed by the developing city. Instead, a new 65,000-square-meter plot of land is acquired in Jardim Morumbi, a rural region on the western bank of Rio Pinheiros. Max Ouang, a well-known Chinese architect and friend of the American consul-general, lives in São Paulo and is selected to design the blueprints for the new campus.