Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team Program (R/UDAT)

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The R/UDAT program helps transform communities by developing a citizen-led vision for a better future, with implementation strategies that produce results.

Created in 1967, the R/UDAT program pioneered the modern charrette process by combining interdisciplinary teams in dynamic, multi-day grassroots processes to produce community visions, action plans, and recommendations.

Why it works

We’ve been helping communities design their future and overcome unique challenges for more than 50 years.

Together, we find design solutions to tackle challenges including zoning, affordable housing, abandoned industrial spaces, neighborhood and commercial district revitalization and historic site preservation.

Our highly flexible R/UDAT process works for small towns, neighborhoods and cities.

The R/UDAT process generates creativity and new connections in a community. We engage diverse local expertise at all levels and provide an objective outside perspective.

How it works

Like every community, every R/UDAT process and team is unique.

The first step is talking with AIA. Your community then forms a group to garner support and generate ideas before submitting a R/UDAT application.

We assemble a multidisciplinary team of experts, selected to address your specific needs. The R/UDAT team immerses itself in your community for four days, listening and gaining insight on the community. On the last day, the team presents a comprehensive report and recommendations at a public meeting.

The community then shares the R/UDAT report and uses it as a roadmap for implementation. Often, there are actions they can get started on immediately.

Get started

We’re always looking for ways to make the R/UDAT process work for you—including help with community support and funding. Read our comprehensive R/UDAT Guidebook to begin organizing your community to enter the R/UDAT process.

RUDAT - pronounced /roo dat/

A look inside the process

Previous R/UDAT projects

Community/Neighborhood Revitalization

Corpus Christi, Texas (2014)

Houston, Texas (2012)

Seabrook Island, South Carolina (2012)

Staten Island, New York (2008)

Lake Havasu, Arizona (2007)

The Mon Valley, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1998)

Santa Fe, New Mexico (1997)

Atlanta, Georgia (1992)

Prince Georges County, Maryland (1992)

North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1990)

Anderson, Indiana (1985)

San Francisco, California (1985)

San Francisco, California (1984)

Portland, Oregon (1983)

Lincoln, Nebraska (1980)

Knoxville, Tennessee (1979)

Trenton, New Jersey (1977)

Birmingham, Alabama (1976)

New Rochelle, New York (1975)

Flint, Michigan (1968)

Image credits

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Erin Simmons, AIA