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.

AIAU Courses

Hidden Cities: Shaping Public Health
Earns 1 LU / HSW / RIBA

Energy Modeling for All: 2030 Commitment for Small Firms
Earns 1 LU / HSW / GBCI / RIBA

Net-Zero Water Buildings and EcoDistricts
Earns 1 LU / HSW / RIBA

Building Resilient Communities
Earns 1.0 LU / HSW / GBCI / RIBA

Learn more.

AIA Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design 

Buildings never arise in isolation. The best planning accounts for the entire built environment, local culture, and available resources—modeling architecture’s promise and true value to communities. The Regional & Urban Design program recognizes the best in urban design, regional and city planning, and community development.

Interested in submitting? View the call for submissions details and look for the next round in summer 2017.

Past recipients: 2017 | 2016


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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

Center for Communities by Design

Regional/Urban Design Assistance Teams (R/UDATs)

Sustainable Design Assessment Teams (SDATs)

Latest Discussions

  • Why Are People Flocking to the Beaches?   And on the third day He "took together in one place the waters that are under the sky and He named the dry land Earth and the waters Seas"  (Genesis ...

  • Lessons from the London Fire   The general consensus in the media is that the London fire catastrophe in the Grenfell Tower couldn't happen in the US because of our stricter fire codes which ...

Latest Blogs

  • Posted in: Regional and Urban Design Committee

       In 2007, Dubuque, Iowa hosted a Sustainable Design Assessmyent Team (SDAT) to look at a number of issues ranging from smart growth and sustainable development to stormwater management ... more

  • Posted in: Regional and Urban Design Committee

    From March 9-13th, the Center for Communities by Design conducted "Reimagine Dublin One," a design assistance project with a joint European and American team. The 4-day process involved over 200 ... more

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