(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.
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.
Stunning Work from our Young Designers!
Congratulations to our ABC Highschool students for their stellar work in creating unique and innovative spaces for the Hill District!
Congratulations Udream 2015!
Upon completion of the academic portion of the program, the participants finished with a bang presenting their designs and theme of Tiny Retail!
The Paula Maynes AIA Pennsylvania ARE Grant
AIA Pennsylvania are providing a great opportunity for those pursuing licensure:
"The AIA Pennsylvania Associates Committee has identified a need to provide assistance to Associates throughout the Commonwealth, who are taking the Architect Registration Examinations (AREs). Due to the lingering impacts of the recession on the architectural, design and construction fields, many emerging professionals are still underemployed, and struggling to pay off school loans. The AIA PA Associates Committee believes it is essential for the future success of our profession to retain as many young professionals and Associates as possible and aims to facilitate their path to licensure. An important component of our commitment to emerging professionals is our initiative to provide more financial assistance to pay for the AREs."
Seven $210 awards, the cost of each ARE exam, will be given to eligible candidates in the form of reimbursement upon receipt of passing an ARE division.
2015 Donner Ditch UDream Barbecue!
On Monday June 1st, we have our annual barbecue behind the Donner House to welcome this year's new UDreamers! Come by, enjoy the food, and say hello!
UDream Program Receives AIA National Diversity Award
The Carnegie Mellon University UDream program in the School of Architecture was honored as a Diversity Recognition Program by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Saturday, May 16, at the AIA National Convention in Atlanta.
William J. Bates, a member of the AIA and the National Organization of Minority Architects, and an adjunct faculty member in the School of Architecture, received the award on behalf of CMU. Bates, who also serves as AIA National Board vice president, is vice president of Real Estate for Eat ‘n Park Restaurants in Pittsburgh.
Congrats to the 2015 UDreamers
Alicia Canady, Tamara Cartwright, Andre Clarke, Alexis Hayes, Chase Kea, Danisha Scott, Jovanna Nelson, Khari Peart, Melanie Ray and Nikita Williamson.
UDream supports the 42nd Annual NOMA Conference
#LOVENOMA #NOMA2014 #Philadelphia
UDream 2014 Community Presentation to the Hill District!
On September 16th @ 6PM in the Hill District at Ammon Recreation Center...
The current UDream class, made up of ten individuals from various educational and social backgrounds, once again land in the Hill District to present their preliminary findings on diverse project scenarios that could strengthen and elevate the Hill District landscape. UDream alum, Lakeisha Byrd, who currently works with the Hill CDC, presented the merits and continued community support of the UDream program; while, current UDream participants, Christian Hughes and Mary Taylor, presented the Project Scope within the Hill District and elaborated on each project team's respective research and analysis:
(i) to optimize “Stop & Stay” spaces, one must understand the implications of direction and movement, i.e., way-finding.
(ii) a concentration of scalable live-work space within the Hill District begins to define itself!
(iii) explore the possibilities of an artist block of static and dynamic space, where existing context is celebrated and innovative notions are crafted.
(iv) understand the catalyst of culture and community, the character of the Hill District: Before development comes social stability! Nurture the social fabric of the Hill District.
(v) the Hill District’s identifable challenging topography sets a precedence for multi-generational living – engage the street for a continuum of use!
UDream provides recent graduates of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and urban planning programs the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of urban design in a summer and fall immersion experience.
UDream begins on the Carnegie Mellon University campus with a 5 week program of academic courses and studio work with an emphasis on urban sustainability. The courses and studio are taught by architecture faculty and local urban design practitioners. The academic program is followed by a 12 week internship with an urban design or architecture firm, public agency, or non-profit group engaged in planning and community development.
The goal of UDream is to increase diversity in the profession of urban design nationally, and in the Pittsburgh region specifically, by offering opportunities for permanent employment in Pittsburgh. UDream is looking for recent graduates from the fields of Architecture, Urban Planning, and Landscape Architecture who are interested in staying and working in Pittsburgh upon completion of the program. Through the generous support of the Heinz Endowments, UDream is able to offer full tuition, stipend, housing, and travel to and from Pittsburgh to program participants.
Program Director, UDream
Architecture Building Communities
How can designers improve communities?
In this week-long camp, high school students learn how to develop ideas into creative, new design solutions for a local Pittsburgh neighborhood. Working with young professionals and designers from the Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design fields, high schoolers gain first hand design experience as they learn spatial planning, site documentation, model building, history, and how to use innovative technology tools.
As a team, we will consider possible uses for the property and create a design solution. At the end, we present our solutions to friends, family and members of the community. This camp is offered free of charge thanks to the generous support of the Heinz Endowments.
Registration for 2015 is open. Download the registration form or apply online today.
News + Updates
UDream's Community Presentation on September 16th in the Hill District made an IMPACT! (read more)
NOMA - Fall 2014 Issue - Community + Design (click here)
Teenie Harris ARCHIVES at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA)
CMU SoArch Lecture Series | Sou Fujimoto
Artist Talk: Charles Jencks, The Architecture of Hope
10/24/2014, 6:30 – 9 P.M.
THE CARNEGIE MUSIC HALL
DesignPgh14 | Design Awards Ceremony & Gala
Summer 2014 | Drafting DREAMS
Current UDream participant transcends the gender lines in Architecture (Click Here for Article)
Summer 2014 | Life After You Dream
UDream Alums purchase, rehab, and invest in Regent Square (Click Here for Article)