AIA Regional and Urban Design

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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.

Urban Design Related Audiocasts

The 21st Century School 
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
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
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
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
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

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Urban Design Related Webinars

Watch the RUDC playlist on the AIA Youtube channel or peruse the RUDC archived webinar page.

These videos are of live events. And while you cannot receive continuing education credits for live events, you can earn LUs on AIA University. Learn more at aiau.aia.orgTitles you might be interested in are

Urban "Charming" Development in Japan: Art and Architecture as Dynamics of the City
1.00 LU

Leveraging Health Data to Enhance Place-Based Resilience in Green Building Designs
1.00 HSW LU

AIA Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design 

Featured Project: The BIG U
Architect: BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group

The program recognizes 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. 

View all of the 2015 Recipients.
As an FYI, view the 2015 Call for Entries details.
Visit our new history page to search for past Honor Award recipients.

Upcoming Events

  1. RUDC Related Events at the AIA Convention

    Wednesday, May 13 - Saturday, May 16, 2015
    Atlanta, GA, United States

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 Blogs

  • Walter Martin Hosack


    Regional and Urban Design Committee

    Dear Sir: Thank you for your kind letter. I omitted much from Chapter 6 and hope you will find that this work should be required reading for architects as well as city planners, geographers,... more

  • Walter Martin Hosack


    Regional and Urban Design Committee

    Dear Sir: You asked two very relevant questions: ”… should we not be convincing the public of our sincerity? Maybe our efforts are misdirected and... more

Latest Discussions

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    a typical downtown bike ride and what it tells us about urban bicycling

    Posted in: Regional and Urban Design Committee

    What this Routine Bike Trip Says about Urban Bicycling I ride my 50 year old city bike for errands and meetings on almost a daily basis, in almost any weather and mostly in an area of about 2-3...

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    Can Suburban Centers Compete with the Cities?

    Posted in: Regional and Urban Design Committee

    Reinventing the Suburbs: Towson MD The suburbs of Washington, D.C. were an excellent petri dish for the graduation of suburban centers into real places. The granddaddy of this process may be...

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