RUDC Symposium 2019


Mind the Gap

A one‐day symposium on the Future of Urban Design Education + Practice

Friday, January 25, 2019 | AIA National Headquarters ‐ 1735 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

The Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) at the American Institute of Architects will host a symposium to discuss the future of urban design education and urban design practice. Many of the challenges we face today as architects transcend the scale of a building. Issues of social equity, environmental degradation, resiliency, mobility and community need creative strategies and design solutions. Both the academy and the profession have a role to play in providing peer, community‐based and applied learning opportunities in the field of urban design.

Urban design offers an opportunity for architects to both expand their practices and influence beyond the property line to the block, neighborhood, city and regional scale. How can a stronger bridge be built from academia to the profession? What are we teaching and why? This one‐day symposium brings together leading educators in urban design programs across the country and the firms that are implementing plans for structured conversations around the intersection of urban design teaching and practice.


Event sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors--your contributions make this event possible!

Shout Out sponsors



Identity sponsors

Harvard Graduate School of Design logo

SWA logo



Registration details

For questions or assistance contact (202) 626 7556.    

Registration fee: $100    

Deadline: The registration deadline is Friday, January 18, 2019 has been extended to Wednesday, January 23, 2019.  

Cancellation Policy: Please fax or email your cancellation requests to (202) 639-7556 or email to no later than Friday, January 18, 2019. All cancellations submitted prior to January 18 will be subject to a $25 cancellation fee. All cancellations submitted after January 18 will not receive a refund.    

Special needs: The AIA is committed to making meetings and conferences accessible to all to the degree reasonably possible. Please notify us at the time of registration if you have special accessibility needs or specific dietary requirements. Contact Maegan Grew at or via phone at (202) 626-7440 if special arrangements are required.  



Note: schedule is subject to change.


Welcome: William J. Bates, AIA President 2019
Framing the Conversation:
  David Gamble (Gamble Associates/Harvard GSD)

PEDAGOGY: The educational gap
1. Matt Bell (Univ. of Maryland/Perkins Eastman)
2. Don Carter (Carnegie Mellon University)
3. Stephen Luoni (University of Arkansas Community Design Center)
4. Anne Tate (Rhode Island School of Design)

EQUITY: The social gap
1. Stefan Gruber (Carnegie Mellon University)
2. Patty Heyda (Washington University in St. Louis)
3. Joel Mills (AIA Center for Communities by Design)
4. Terry Schwarz (Kent State University Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative)

12:00pm LUNCH
1. Ellen Dunham Jones (Georgia Tech)
2. Sean O'Malley (SWA Group)
3. Dennis Pieprz (Sasaki)
4. Carolyn Sponza (Gensler)

URBAN DESIGN STUDIOS: Introductions by Joongsub Kim (Lawrence Tech/RUDC)
1. Stephen Engblom (AECOM)
2. Paula Jane Loomis (Stevens Institute of Technology)
3. Erkin Ozay (University at Buffalo)
4. Taryn Sabia (University of South Florida/RUDC)

SUMMARY/BRIDGING THE GAP: Introductions by Jess Zimbabwe (ULI/RUDC)
1. Claire Bedat (AECOM)
2. John Hoal (Washington University in St. Louis)
3. Alex Krieger (nbbj/Harvard GSD)


Continuing education

All sessions will be submitted for AIA CES credit. This page will be updated as further information is available. 

Travel suggestions


There are three major airports in the DC Metro area

  • DCA - Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
  • IAD - Dulles International Airport 
  • BWI - Baltimore-Washington International Airport 

We highly recommend booking a flight to the nearest airport, DCA. Here are some numbers to help you compare flight options:


Miles from AIA

Minutes by taxi

Cost by taxi

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(Prices are provided as an estimate, and are not guaranteed.)

Metrorail directions from DCA Airport to AIA Headquarters: Take the BLUE line train towards Largo Town Center. Go seven stops and exit at the Farragut West Station (18th St. exit). Hotel is 2.5 blocks west of the 18th St. exit. Walk south on 18th for almost 5 blocks--after F St., it will be on your left. 

Metrorail directions from IAD Airport to AIA Headquarters: Take the Silver Line Express Bus to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station. Take the only train (SILVER line to Largo). Go twelve stops and exit at the Farragut West Station (18th St. exit). Walk south on 18th for almost 5 blocks--after F St., it will be on your left. 


Driving is not recommended due to high levels of commuter traffic and low parking availability. If driving, the symposium is at 1735 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006. Parking is not available onsite, but may be found in the neighborhood for $15-25 per day. If driving in from out of town, consider parking at a metro station and taking the train in. 

Getting around DC

Public transportation is highly recommended--details about the local system can be found on the Metro website. The closest metrorail stations are Farragut West (orange, blue, and silver lines) and Farragut North (red line). Many bus lines also run through the area. To access the Metro trains and buses, you will need a SmartTrip card. This may be purchased at any metro train station, online, or at other authorized locations. 

Shared services are also popular in the District. For examples, bicycle services include Capital Bikeshare, Jump, and Lime; car services include Lyft, Uber, and Via; scooter services include Bird, Lyft, Lime, Spin, Skip, and Jump, an arm of Uber.


There are many hotel options near the AIA Headquarters - see the map. Two popular locations are Hampton Inn Washington, D.C./White House, and Hotel Lombardy, both within a 15 minute walk. 

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Emma Tucker at Suggested sponsorship levels are below, or contact us to discuss other options.

Meal Sponsor – $2,500

  • Three minutes to speak to attendees after lunch.
  • Largest identity on event webpage, program, presentation slides, and any promotional materials
  • Distribution of sponsor-provided marketing materials at registration table
  • Two complimentary registrations

Shout Out – $1,000

  • Special mention from the podium by during the opening and closing remarks.
  • Mid-size identity on event webpage, program, presentation slides, and any promotional materials
  • One complimentary registration

 Identity – $500

  • Small-size identity on event webpage, program, presentation slides, and any promotional materials