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Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative

Cleveland, OH


The Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) is the combined home of the urban design graduate program at Kent State University and the public service activities of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design

The graduate program offers a professional degree in architecture with a focus on urban design, as well as a Master of Urban Design degree for students with a prior professional qualification in a design discipline. Certificate programs are also available.

The CUDC's professional staff of designers are committed to improving the quality of urban spaces through technical design assistance, research and advocacy. Supported by the Ohio Board of Regents' Urban University Program, the university and private philanthropy, the CUDC offers architectural and urban design exptertise in the service of urban communities, design professionals, and non-profit and academic partners in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

CUDC's mission statement: Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative is an innovative, non-profit urban design practice committed to a sustainable, vibrant and inclusive urban future. We combine client-based projects, applied research, graduate teaching and advocacy to impact urban design decisions and land use policy in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio. We work closely with clients, civic organizations, academic partners, students, and a multidisciplinary network of professionals to address emerging issues, locally and nationally, and expand the ideas, energy, and resources dedicated to making better cities.

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