UDream-Remaking Cities Institute - Carnegie Mellon University


The Inspire Speaker Series: Inspirational Stories about Creating a Sustainable, Vibrant, Healthy and Just Region

Storytelling is our way of expressing the soul of our community to one another. Stories expose our beliefs, emotions and vulnerabilities that can connect with people in ways that facts and statistics can’t. Stories foster empathy, remind us of what it means to be human, and challenge us to be the change we seek.

Join us to hear stories from citizens who are working to create sustainable, vibrant, healthy, and just places for us all to live, work, learn, and play. This Moth-style and TED-like event will dare us to dream big about what is possible for our communities, projects, and places.

Speakers include Vivian Loftness & Christian Hughes!

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(Urban Design Regional Employment Action for Minorities)

UDream increases diversity in the profession of urban design nationally, and in the Pittsburgh region specifically, by offering opportunities for permanent employment in Pittsburgh.

Do UDream in 2016?

Apply online by January 29, 2016 for consideration.  For details, click here.


Dreaming of New Cities

Many participants have stayed in Pittsburgh, implementing new concepts for neighborhoods, working in local architecture firms and participating in a new local chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Before the program began seven years ago, it was a very different city — Pittsburgh had lost its NOMA chapter because there were so few minority architects.

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2016 Leader in Training Fellowship - Exclusively for Former UDreamers

Download the application here

Melanie Shares her UDream Experience!

Pittsburgh Magazine

Erica was featured in October's Pittsburgh Magazine.  Did you know she loves sports, especially surfing?

Drafting Dreams

Christian Hughes' website for his Drafting Dreams program took flight on July 23, 2015.

UDream Wins AIA Diversity Award

How important is racial diversity in the profession? Don lays it out in April's Architect Magazine.

Erica (UDream Director) and Valecia (UDream '11) accepted our award in Washington, DC

UDream Alumni purchase, rehab, and invest in Regent Square 

After concluding the 2011 UDream program, Alicia Crumbley and Riccardy Volcy both advanced their stay in Pittsburgh with long-term opportunities in the Architecture and Construction field. The primary intent of both Crumbley and Volcy was to capitalize on the latter mission of UDream by staying in Pittsburgh to pursue their careers. Read more.

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