UDream-Remaking Cities Institute - Carnegie Mellon University


(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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

Community Presentation

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!


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udream touring pittsburgh on bikes!


Drafting Dreams

Christian Hughes' website for his Drafting Dreams program took flight July, 23rd (http://draftingdreams.org/)

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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