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Architecture and Community Planning


Dr. Susan Kliman |

Department of Urban Architecture and Community Planning

Architecture and Urban Planning provides teaching that equips students with the marketable 21st century IT and CAD-based skills and ethical values essential to effectively produce maximum sustainability in the design and planning of buildings, neighborhoods and communities. The departments Architectural Research Institute (ARI), offers a research and community service agenda that utilizes the university's human resources and capital assets to support the District of Columbia's mission of providing affordable and energy efficient shelter to its citizens.

As a UDC Academic Center of Excellence, the department exemplifies the university's urban land-grant mission. Indeed, in addition to the academic program, the department provides a city-wide forum for exchange, debate and outreach education about critical cultural and social issues that frame community planning and design.

NOTE: The program recently acquired Initial Candidacy status from the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB)

The degree programs offered by the Department of Architecture are:

Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Master of Architecture

Course Descriptions


Newsletter - Sept - Nov 2013

Urban Space

Healthy Cities and People


The Built Environment

College of Urban Agriculture and Environmental Studies (CAUSES)

CAUSES Academic Programs

RN to BS in Nursing – Dr. Pier Broadnax, Program Director
Nutrition and Dietetics - Dr. Prema Ganganna, Program Director
Urban Architecture and Community Planning - Dr. Susan Kliman, Program Director
PSM in Water Resources Management
Health Education - John Slack, Program Director

CAUSES Land-grant Programs

Center for Urban Agriculture & Gardening Education – Che' Axum, Director
Center for Sustainable Development – Dr. Dwane Jones, Director
Water Resources Research Institute – Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health - Dr. Lillie Monroe-Lord, Director
Institute of Gerontology - Claudia John, Director
Center for 4-H and Youth Development – Rebecca Bankhead, Director
Architectural Research Institute - Clarence Pearson, Director

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CAUSES TV Broadcast Schedule