About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Urban Design Studio (UDS) is to raise the community’s awareness of better design practices for our built environment with a focus on moving our city and region towards a vibrant, equitable and resilient future for all.

Through design charrette facilitation, workshops, meetings, classes and general outreach to the community, the UDS offers a central location to discuss issues in the community and work in a collaborative environment to come up with creative solutions for the betterment of all.The UDS serves as a classroom, meeting point, resource base, and exhibition space. Professors and practitioners cultivate various research endeavors throughout the year and periodically join forces on special issues.

The UDS frequently holds planning and design charrettes and discussion forums that help increase the level of public involvement. In addition, the UDS conducts research and spatial analysis, develops conceptual site plans, massing models and other analytical tools related to urban design, and produces graphics, maps and reports. Reaching out to broader audiences, the UDS also serves as a gallery space for exhibits of art, design, and urban planning-related works.

The ability to draw from a regional pool of talented professionals, academics and students provides the UDS with a unique ability to research and respond to a broad range of urban design issues.

Our People

A lot of people have helped make projects by the Urban Design Studio possible over the years. The work we do takes a great deal of collaboration beyond the studio walls. Below is our growing list of staff and key collaborators, from the graduate research assistants, University of Louisville faculty and alum, to the civic-minded problem solvers who help develop projects and build momentum for positive change in our community.

Patrick Piuma

Patrick Piuma

Director

2007 - Present
Sylvanus Hudson

Sylvanus Hudson

Collaborator

Hudson Holdings

2016 - Present
Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

Collaborator

University of Louisville

2008 - Present
Brian Pierce

Brian Pierce

Research Assistant

2015 - 2017
Winston Mitchell

Winston Mitchell

Research Assistant

2013 - 2015
Luis Huber-Calvo

Luis Huber-Calvo

Research Assistant

2011-2013
Jeremy Dyer

Jeremy Dyer

Research Assistant

2010-2011
Megan Enyeart

Megan Enyeart

Research Assistant

2009-2011
Patrick Lewis

Patrick Lewis

Research Assistant

2007 - 2008

Our Collaborators

The work we do at the Urban Design Studio takes a great deal of collaboration beyond the studio walls. We will continue to add new collaborators who contribute to writing Field Notes, develop projects and build momentum for positive change in our community.

Sylvanus Hudson

Sylvanus Hudson

Entrepreneur/Creative

Hudson Holdings

The Urban Design Studio

Located at 1606 Rowan Street in the University of Louisville's Portland neighborhood facility, the design studio shares space with UofL's Center for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (CACHe) and the Hite Art Institute's Portland MFA Studio. During non-COVID times the studio space is used for Master of Urban Planning classes, community meetings, ideation sessions, urbanism gallery and other outreach events. Patrick Piuma, the Director of the UDS also has an office in the space. We are looking forward to a point when it will be safe to open the space up to the public again.