Urban Design Research Center, Inc is located on World Famous Canal Street, which forms the southern boundary of its most recent New Orleans venture, the “Bienville Corridor Revitalization Project”. Architects, engineers, accountants, bankers, entrepreneurs, contractors, and developers are among those lending their expertise to the UDRC in this and other ventures.

The UDRC organized in 1993 and developed around the concept of the classroom as a “teaching office”, where students work on real life projects concentration on future planning. As a teaching research and service entity, the Center reaches into targeted communities, engaging students from different universities and disciplines which impact the design, planning, physical, economic and social aspects of the community. The UDRC seeks to improve the socio-economic and structural environment while providing students with vital learning experiences prior to graduation from their respective programs, Harvard, Tuskegee, Southern University A&M Baton Rouge, SUNO, Tennessee State, etc.

Our projects involve and established professional team from around the United States, both professional and academic, that interface with local municipalities, professional and community organizations and average citizens.

We conduct workshops, seminars and special projects for high school students in mathematics and science. We host summer programs for elementary students in community development and revitalization in which we teach them the fundamentals of architecture and planning through historical models as well as their current environment.

The Urban Design Center addresses three important needs:

1. Community Revitalization

2. Building a Bridge between academics and practice

3. Forging a cooperative effort among government, universities and

established businesses.