UDreamArchitecture Building Communities: Two Weeks in 2016
We are excited to offer two full weeks of urban design and technology to high school students for Architecture Building Communities. From July 11-15 and 18-22, participants will learn from the UDreamers how to repurpose a vacant lot and get an intro to the technology tools designers use, such as Rhino, Sketchup and Illustrator. Send in your registration form or sign up online before June 11.
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.
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 two 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 2016 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)
Quantum Theatre presents...
The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen
This play focuses on Halvard Solness, an architect of local distinction who is haunted by guilt and jealous of his younger rivals. In collaboration with CMOA's Heinz Architectural Center, several evenings will feature CMU professors leading discussions of modernist architecture.
Play runs from April 8 to May 1, see their website for ticket info.
Teenie Harris ARCHIVES at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA)
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)