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Arlington Urban Design Center

Reinventing | Reinvigorating | Rebuilding

Promoting Sustainability through the Art of Design for Businesses and Neighborhoods

Winner of
2011 American Planning Association—Texas Chapter ‘Current Planning’ Award
2011 Alliance for Innovation ‘Outstanding Achievement in Innovation’ Award
2010 Midwest Texas APA Planning Advocate Award

The Arlington Urban Design Center aims to create public awareness about the importance of urban design and its impact on the quality of life, environment, and economic investment. This Design Center was established in June 2009 through a creative collaboration between the City of Arlington and the University of Texas at Arlington. Graduate students and professors from UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs (CAPPA) work closely with City staff on business and neighborhood development projects in Arlington. Students “learn by doing” as they work with City planning staff and benefit from the opportunity of working on real-world projects. The Design Center seeks to provide urban design solutions and innovative ideas, and present before and after images, at no cost to the general public.

Projects include:

    • Business Facade Improvements
    • Development of Neighborhood Plans
    • Design Concepts for Civic Spaces and Buildings
    • Infill/Redevelopment Designs
    • Landscape Plans
    • Streetscape Designs

View the Design Center’s most recent projects here

View the Design Center’s first 5-year portfolio here


Check out UT Arlington Magazine’s video segment on the Arlington Urban Design Center! – Read the article.


This center is funded by the City of Arlington and UTA, as well as PRIVATE DONATIONS.

Contributions are always welcome and are U.S. tax-deductible!

To learn more about this program, submit a project for consideration, or to find out how you can contribute, please contact Ann Foss at 817-459-6678 or Ann.Foss@arlingtontx.gov.


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STAFF:

Leonelle D’Souza, Planning Intern

Layal Bitar-Ghanem, Landscape Architecture Intern

Garrett Rodriguez, Architecture Intern

Indira Manandhar, Planning Intern

Daniela Cantu, Architecture Intern

John Watkins, Landscape Architecture Intern


MANAGEMENT: 

 

Ann Foss, Ph.D.
Principal Planner
Community Development and Planning


Urban Design Center

 City Hall, 1st Floor

101 W Abram St, Arlington, TX 76010

817-459-6678

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9 AM – 2 PM