The Graduate Program in Urban Design Hosts RUDC's The Climate of Urban Design Symposium, February 28

February 6, 2020
The event will bring leading academics, practitioners, and theoreticians from around the country together to discuss the critical issues facing the profession and the environment.
Climate of Urban Design Event Poster

The Urban Design program at the University of Texas School of Architecture has partnered with the American Institute of Architects’ Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) to host the organization’s second symposium about the future of urban design education and practice.  Taking place on Friday, February 28, “The Climate of Urban Design” will bring together leading academics, practitioners, and theoreticians from around the country to discuss the critical issues facing the profession and the environment.

The one-day symposium will take place in the Goldsmith Lecture Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and will feature presentations from academics and practitioners around four main topics: Principles, Pedagogy, Practice and Partnerships. Registration for the symposium is $100, and will be open until Friday, February 21. Attendees will also receive AIA CEU credits for attending.

Preceding the symposium on Thursday, February 27, Urban Design Program Director and Associate Professor Dean Almy will host a roundtable discussion on the future of urban design education with leading educators from urban design programs across the country. The invite only session will be held at the Colin Rowe Library at the Charles Moore Foundation. The discussion will center on how urban design as a discipline should respond to the pressing issues society is facing as a result of the changing political, professional, academic and environmental landscapes.

Participants will include:

  • Dean Almy, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Maria Arquero de Alarcon, University of Michigan
  • Matthew Bell, University of Maryland
  • Thomas K Davis, University of Tennessee
  • Ellen Dunham-Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Mona El-Khafif, The University of Virginia
  • Nan Ellin, The University of Colorado
  • David Gamble, Harvard University
  • Raymond Gastil, Carnegie-Mellon University
  • Maggie Hansen, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Patty Heyda, Washington University at Saint Louis
  • Doug Kelbaugh, University of Michigan
  • Alex Kreiger, Harvard University
  • Nico Larco, University of Oregon
  • Tim Love, Northeastern University
  • Elizabeth McDonald, University of California at Berkeley
  • Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, University of Miami
  • Taryn Sabia, Florida Center for Community Design
  • David Smiley, Columbia University
  • Alex Wall, Harvard University
  • June Williamson, City College of New York

“Thanks to the incredible generosity of Sinclair Black’s gift to the urban design program just last spring, we have been able to quickly position our program as a leader within the urban design landscape,” Almy said. “In addition to the conversations we will be fostering at this symposium, we have also already developed a new, interdisciplinary studio sequence the bring together the urban design and landscape architecture programs in order to study urbanization in the Pacific Northwest, and have invited international leaders in the profession like Gehl Studios to engage with our students in the classroom.”

For more information and to register for the symposium, visit: