AIA Regional and Urban Design

Advisory Group | Subcommittees | Members

About RUDC

The Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) aims to improve the quality of the regional and urban environment by promoting excellence in design, planning, and public policy in the built environment. This will be achieved through its member and public education, in concert with allied community and professional groups.


The 21st Century School | Monday October 21, 2013
The Maryland legislature approved $1.1 billion in funding for the revitalization of Baltimore city public schools, including the renovation or replacement of dozens of buildings. Construction on these projects is slated to begin in 2015. We look at best designs for the “21st century school,” and the creation of buildings that elevate learning while fostering a collaborative and technologically-driven environment. Listen to Podcast

Rising Sea Levels | Friday Sept. 20, 2013
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says sea level could rise more than six feet by the end of the century. Scientists in Maryland say it could rise as much as two feet by 2050. How should Maryland prepare?  Listen to Podcast

Gentrification and the Arts | Tuesday July 23, 2013
Are the artists who colonize Baltimore’s three official arts districts mere pawns in the gentrification of the city’s marginal neighborhoods? Will they end up getting pushed out after paving the way for others? Listen to Podcast

Movement and Place in Urban Design | Thursday March 28, 2013
A conversation with architect Klaus Philipsen about urban spaces and the need to move people around them and to them -- the challenges of retrofitting old cities like Baltimore for modern transportation systems while accommodating pedestrians and bikers. Listen to Podcast

Midday on Urban Design | Tuesday January 22, 2013
During the first in a new Midday series on urban design and planning, architect Klaus Philipsen, co-chair of the Urban Design Committee of the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects, talks about the role design plays in city life and Baltimore's future. Listen to Podcast



The Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design recognize distinguished achievements that involve the expanding role of the architect in urban design, city planning, and community development. The awards identify projects and programs that contribute to the quality of the urban environment. Learn moreThe submission deadline for the Institute Honor Awards has passed. 


See the National Building Museum poll on What Makes a City Intelligent

Latest Blogs

  • Walter Martin Hosack

    Sustainability & First Ring Suburbs

    Regional and Urban Design Committee

    A first ring suburb is an encircled city that has little or no expansion potential. Every acre within every city/suburb produces revenue that sustains the whole. Every acre also has an... more

  • photo not available

    John F. Kennedy and Urban Policy

    Regional and Urban Design Committee

    Thursday, November 21, 2013 John F. Kennedy And Urban Policies From our current 21st century vatage point with euphoria about millennials flocking back to cities, streetcars,... more

Upcoming Events

Log in to see this information

AIA Center for Communities by Design

There’s a reason you became an architect. It wasn’t just about buildings. It was about people; it was about making communities more livable.

We welcome members who are committed to healthy, safe, and sustainable communities.

• Share your vision with like-minded AIA members
• Assist citizens and community leaders to improve their community's quality of life through design
• Access resources and form relationships to build your career

Regional/Urban Design Assistance Teams (R/UDATs)
Program Program Homepage
List List of Reports

Sustainable Design Assessment Teams (SDATs)
Program Program Homepage
List List of Reports

Learn more about this related AIA group on the Center's webpage. Tip: Stay connected: You can join the CxD group in the same place as the RUDC.

Latest Discussions

  • photo not available

    What architects and urban designers can learn from developers

    Posted in: Regional and Urban Design Committee

    Friday, November 21, 2014 What Works: Developers on Design "If you get the ground plane right you can put what you want on top".Transit is nice to have but the real success comes from the experience...

  • Allen E Neyman AIA

    RE: How does the Republican Mid-term Victory Square with the Age of Cities?

    Posted in: Regional and Urban Design Committee

    Thank you for the comprehensive evaluation of the election, Klaus, but you missed something important. That voter turnout was low does not excuse incumbents for showing poorly, neither should it diminish...

Latest Resources

Connect with AIA Members on

Find Us on Facebook   Join Us on LinkedIn   Follow Us on Twitter