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 sustainable future.


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.


Patrick Piuma has a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Louisville. As the Director, Patrick's main concentrations are on issues of sustainability and how the design of the built environment can improve the quality of life for its inhabitants.

Patrick Piuma


Brian Pierce is pursuing a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Louisville. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in Architecture from the University of Kentucky. He is an alumnus of Teach for America and the Governor’s Scholars Program. He is interested in social equity, mobility and access.

Brian Pierce

Graduate Research Assistant


The Urban Design Studio space is utilized for a number of functions including as a base for the Master of Urban Planning studio courses at the University of Louisville, meetings and workshops facilitated by UDS staff or related organizations, as well as an exhibition gallery.


The facility can be configured to accommodate up to 70 people in an auditorium setting for presentations, or a number of table and chair configurations for workshops, meetings, and other events. The gallery space is intended to be a working studio so the walls are designed for informal pin-up drawings and conceptual brainstorming as well as more formal exhibits.


If your organization would like the UDS to host events, facilitate community workshops, or other functions, please contact us.