Urban Design Associates

Urban Design Associates (UDA; formerly known as UDA Architects) is an international urban design and architecture firm headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Urban Design Associates
IndustryCommunity development
Urban planning
Urban design
Founded1964 (1964)
FoundersDavid Lewis, co-founder
Ray Gindroz, co-founder
HeadquartersPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Number of employees
20 (2016)[1]


Urban Design Associates (UDA) was founded in 1964 by David Lewis, FAIA, and Raymond Gindroz, FAIA, as one of the earliest architecture firms to concentrate on the design of neighborhoods and cities.[2] Lewis and Gindroz pioneered methods for engaging citizens in the design of community centers, schools, and neighborhoods.[3] The firm is known for refining and developing public planning process and authored The Urban Design Handbook, Techniques and Working Methods, a textbook published by W. W. Norton & Company.[4] UDA has advanced urban design as an important branch of the architecture profession and co-founder David Lewis was influential in creating the Regional Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT) service of the American Institute of Architects,[5] and organized the “Remaking Cities” conference that was held in Pittsburgh in 1988 to address post industrial cities.[6] UDA co-founder Ray Gindroz was also a founding member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and was influential in formulating policies and standards with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Congress for the New Urbanism for the design of mixed-income neighborhoods under the federal HOPE VI program.[7] UDA has been recognized for resurrecting the pattern book as a regulatory design tool for developers and municipalities as indicated in "The Architectural Pattern Book, A Tool for Building Great Neighborhoods”. UDA authored pattern books include Celebration, Florida, WaterColor, Florida, and Ellon, Aberdeenshire in Scotland.[8], [9]


The Urban Design Associates portfolio of work includes urban design, transit, and community development projects working with local and regional governmental authorities and private developers in North America, Europe, and Eurasia. Sample projects include:


  • David Lewis, FAIA, co-founder - Lewis is credited for inspiring the "Remaking Cities Institute" (RCI) at Carnegie Mellon University and, in 2007, the Heinz Endowments issued an endowment in his name.[30]
  • Raymond L. Gindroz, FAIA, co-founder - The "Gindroz Prize" for Carnegie Mellon architecture and music students carries his name.[31]
  • Donald K. Carter, FAIA, FAICP, LEED AP, emeritus key principal

Key employeesEdit

  • Barry J. Long, Jr., AIA, LEED AP, principal and CEO
  • Rob Robinson, AIA, chairman
  • Paul B. Ostergaard, FAIA AoU, senior vice president
  • Eric R. Osth, AIA, LEED AP, vice chairman [32]

Awards and recognitionsEdit

American Institute of Architects [33]

  • 1988, Edward C. Kemper Award, David Lewis
  • 2014, Honor Award, Regional and Urban Design, East Baltimore Comprehensive Redevelopment Plan, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2000, Honor Award, Regional and Urban Design, Park DuValle, Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1999, Honor Award, Regional and Urban Design, Diggs Town Public Housing, Norfolk, Virginia
  • 2019, AIA Presidential Citation for Exceptional Service, David Lewis,FAIA, Urban Design Associates
  • Citation For Excellence, Urban Design, Patching and Stitching in Urban Neighborhoods: Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Richmond

Congress for the New Urbanism [34]

  • 2003, Charter Award, East Baltimore Comprehensive Redevelopment Plan, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2004, Charter Award, The Campus Plan for the University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California
  • 2005, Charter Award, A Pattern Book for Norfolk Neighborhoods, Norfolk, Virginia
  • 2006, Athena Award, David Lewis
  • 2007, Charter Awards, Louisiana Speaks: Pattern Book, State of Louisiana
  • 2007, Recognition, Cooper's Crossing Pattern Book, Camden, New Jersey
  • 2008, Recognition, A Pattern Book for Neighborly Houses/Habitat for Humanity
  • 2012, Recognition, Neighborhoods of the Lower Mill Creek Valley, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2012, Charter Award, New Faubourg Lafitte, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2016, Charter Award (Merit Award), Currie, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 2016, Charter Award (Merit Award) Orleans Landing, Detroit, Michigan

Institute for Classical Architecture and Arts

  • 2019, Arthur Ross Award for Community Design & City Planning [35]

Presidential Design Award

  • 1995, Federal Design Achievement Award, The Re-design of Diggs Town (Public Housing), Norfolk, Virginia [36]

Urban Land Institute [37]

  • 2004, Award of Excellence, Fall Creek Place, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 2004, Award of Excellence, First Ward Place/ The Garden District, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2004, Award of Excellence, WaterColor, Seagrove Beach, Florida
  • 2017-2018, Global Award, West Don Lands, Toronto, Ontario, Canada [38]

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) [39]

  • 2011, Donald Hunter Excellence in Economic Development Planning Award, Coliseum District Master Plan: Peninsula Town Center Project, Hampton, Virginia
  • 2013, National Planning Excellence Award for Implementation, Cincinnati Central Riverfront, Master Plan, Cincinnati, Ohio

City of Moscow

  • 2012, First Prize, Federal District Concept Plan, International Competition for the Moscow Agglomeration Plan [40]

Toronto Architecture & Urban Design

  • 2005, Award of Excellence, Visions and Master Plans, West Don Lands Precinct Plan, Toronto, Ontario, Canada [41]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ UDA, Design Intelligence
  2. ^ Pop Star David Lewes, Pop City Media, 2009
  3. ^ Space & Society, International Journal of Architecture and Environmental Design, 22, MIT Press
  4. ^ “The Urban Design Handbook, Techniques and Working Methods”, published by W.W. Norton & Company
  5. ^ Cincinnati central riverfront plan wins national award, by Lucie May, Cincinnati Business Courier, January 9, 2013
  6. ^ David Lewis Directorship in Urban Design and Regional Engagement, Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture, January 25, 2010.
  7. ^ Housing Policy Debate, Volume 9, Issue 1, and New Hope for Failed Housing, Preservation Magazine, March/April 1998
  8. ^ Sustainable Urban Development from UDA, by Lynne Lavelle, Traditional Building Magazine, updated 13 August 2019.
  9. ^ Louisiana Speaks Pattern Book, City of St. Charles, July 2015
  10. ^ Transit-Oriented Development by Urban Design Associates, New Transit Development, November 8, 2010
  11. ^ City hosts open house to present future concept for the transit oriented development of Anderson Station, Press Release, City of Calgary, May 15, 2014.
  12. ^ Builder Magazine, 9), July 2000
  13. ^ AIA Committee on Design 1999, V.12
  14. ^ Great Planned Communities, The Urban Land Institute, 2002
  15. ^ Traditional Building Magazine, Reclaiming the Waterfront, October 2010
  16. ^ Progressive Architecture PA, June 1992, Neighborhoods by Design
  17. ^ Currie Barracks, Alberta Professional Planners Institute, 2016
  18. ^ DAYBREAK MASTER PLAN GIVES NEW MEANING TO "TOD", By Bruce D. Snider, Builder Magazine, 29 September 2015
  19. ^ Daybreak makes no small plans, by Robert Steuteville, CNU Public Square Journal, 7 August 2013
  20. ^ https://www.wdtn.com/news/local-news/dayton-contracts-company-to-redevelop-area-neighborhoods/1950872747
  21. ^ Housing Policy Debate, Volume 9, Issue 1, 1998, Restoring Community through Traditional Neighborhood Design: A Case Study of Diggs Town Public Housing
  22. ^ Norfolk, An Urban Miracle, Virginia Living, February 2016
  23. ^ Planning for the future, Traditional Building Magazine, October 2010
  24. ^ Moscow City Agglomeration Development, by Adrian Welch, e-Architect, March 6, 2014
  25. ^ https://news.wjct.org/post/mayor-s-office-its-time-move-forward-demolishing-jacksonville-landing
  26. ^ Progressive Architecture | PA, June 1992, Neighborhoods by Design
  27. ^ Oceanfront Resort District Forms Base Code, City of Virginia Beach, July 10, 2012
  28. ^ Landscape Architecture, 12/2003, Walk on the Wildside (WaterColor Pattern Book)
  29. ^ Satellite Town Aims to Maximize Comfort for Value, St. Petersburg Times, August 8, 2012
  30. ^ David Lewis Directorship in Urban Design and Regional Engagement, Carnegie Mellon University, January 2010.
  31. ^ Gindroz Prize, Carnegie Mellon University, 2017.
  32. ^ UDA Corporate Profile, ZoomInfo, accessed 30 August 2018.
  33. ^ AIA Awards List
  34. ^ CNU Awards Lists
  35. ^ UDA Receives 2019 Arthur Ross Award for Community Design, Civic Design, and City Planning, Society of Architecture Carnegie Mellon, 20 May 2019.
  36. ^ Presdiential Design Awards 1995.
  37. ^ ULI Awards List
  38. ^ "West Don Lands, 2017–2018 Global Awards for Excellence Winner". 2017-11-13.
  39. ^ APA Awards List
  40. ^ Winners of Moscow masterplan announced, World Architecture News, September 6, 2012
  41. ^ Winners of the City of Toronto Architecture & Urban Design Awards 2005, Canadian Architect, May 18, 2005.