Carnegie Mellon University

Donald Carter

Donald K. Carter (A 1967)

Senior Research Fellow, Remaking Cities Institute
Advisor, CMU Campus Design and Facility Development

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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Don Carter is a senior research fellow in the Remaking Cities Institute (RCI) and an advisor to Campus Design and Facility Development (CDFD) at Carnegie Mellon University. He previously served as the David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement of the RCI and as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture where he served for seven years as Track Chair of  the Master of Urban Design program.

Prior to joining CMU in July 2009, Don was President of Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh where for over 36 years he led many of the firm’s most complex projects, drawing upon his broad international experience as an architect, urban designer, and developer.

Don is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Don is past Chair of the ULI Pittsburgh District Council and past President of the AIA Pittsburgh Chapter.

Don has lectured internationally on urban design and architecture and authored the opening chapter of SynergiCity: Reinventing the Post-Industrial City (University of Illinois Press, 2012). His newest book is Remaking Post-Industrial Cities: Lessons from North America and Europe (Routledge, 2016), documenting ten case studies and common themes from the international Remaking Cities Congress that he co-chaired in Pittsburgh in October 2013.

Don currently serves on the board of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and previously served on the boards of the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Pittsburgh Zoo, Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and Leadership Pittsburgh.


Don earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University and did post-graduate study in urban design and regional planning at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.


Carter's research addresses urban design — as a creative tool to develop community consensus and public approvals and urban planning and architecture — establishing public participation planning processes and design charrettes as core disciplines.