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Terry Schwarz

Terry Schwarz is the Director of Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC). Her work at the CUDC includes neighborhood and campus planning, commercial and residential design guidelines, stormwater management and green infrastructure strategies. Terry launched the CUDC's Shrinking Cities Institute in 2005 in an effort to understand and address the implications of population decline and large-scale urban vacancy in Northeast Ohio. As an outgrowth of the Shrinking Cities Institute, she established Pop Up City, a temporary use initiative for vacant and underutilized sites in Cleveland. In 2009, Terry received the Cleveland Arts Prize for Design. She teaches in the graduate design curriculum for the KSU College of Architecture and Environmental Design. She has a Bachelor's in English from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.

Phone: 216.357.3426 | Email: tschwarz@kent.edu

   

David Jurca

David Jurca is the Associate Director at the CUDC and contributes to the full range of the practice's projects, with a particular interest in shrinking cities research. Working with social media, video and other technologies, David spearheads the CUDC's efforts to develop new techniques for community engagement. David teaches the spring graduate design studio, advises MUD capstone students and has led several community design charrettes. He also teaches at Case Western Reserve University as a part-time lecturer in the SAGES program. David serves on the Franklin Boulevard - West Clinton Landmarks Advisory Committee and volunteers for a number of organizations dedicated to community service and sustainability. He has a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from The Ohio State University and received his M.Arch from Kent State University.

Phone: 216.357.3438 | Email: djurca@kent.edu | Twitter: @davidjurca

   

Jeffrey Kruth

Jeffrey Kruth is an Urban Designer at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. He contributes to the design, research, and teaching aspects of the practice. His primary interests include affordable housing, industrial heritage, civic spaces, urban theory, praxis, and pedagogy. Prior to returning to his hometown of Cleveland, Jeffrey lived in New Haven, Connecticut where he worked for the award-winning affordable housing developer Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, Inc. and the Yale Urban Design Workshop (YUDW) under the direction of Professor Alan Plattus. Jeffrey has worked on a range of projects including: affordable housing in Cincinnati, OH, a LEED Platinum certified project at the Home Improvement & Energy Conservation Laboratory in New Haven, several single-family historic houses in New Haven, and the Naugatuck Valley Industrial Heritage Trail in Southwest Connecticut. Jeffrey received a B.A. from Miami University (Ohio) in Urban & Regional Planning and Geography, and a Master’s of Architecture, also from Miami University. 

Phone: 216.357.3433 | Email: jkruth@kent.edu

   

Kristen Zeiber

Kristen Zeiber is an Urban Designer and Project Manager with the CUDC. Kristen holds a post-professional M.S. in Architecture & Urbanism from MIT, where she explored design possibilities for shrinking American cities and regions; post-industrial landscapes and remediation; agriculture and food systems; and broader-scale environmental management, particularly around rivers and their infrastructure. Her prior work experience includes over four years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast post-Katrina, where she worked at multiple scales, from house designs to neighborhood planning to mapping, at Mississippi State University’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio. She has also worked in small-scale design/build, including numerous short-term volunteer builds and an internship at Vermont’s Yestermorrow Design/Build School; and in affordable housing design and renovation. She holds a B.Arch from Penn State University.

Phone: 216.357.3437 | Email: kzeiber@kent.edu

   

Julie Whyte

Julie Whyte is a Post-Graduate Urban Design Fellow at the CUDC. Her particular areas of interest are environmental psychology and its influence on urban design, community engagement, and mentorship. Julie’s previous position was Associate Urban Designer at the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (NEOSCC), where she led the Pilots Product group as part of NEOSCC’s efforts to unite Northeast Ohio with a regional vision of the future. Julie earned a dual Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design degree from the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and her B.S. in Architecture from Kent State University.

Phone: 216.357.3434 | Email: jwhyte1@kent.edu

   

Beth Lamb

Beth Lamb is the Communications & Marketing Manager at the CUDC. She has extensive experience in marketing, specifically with architecture and design firms. She helps the CUDC focus and promote its vision through various media outlets and facilitates the continued growth of the academic programs and professional practice. Before returning to Cleveland, Beth worked in marketing for urban design, landscape architecture, and environmental consulting firms in San Francisco, CA. Beth has a B.S.S. from Ohio University in Integrated Marketing and Graphic Design.

Phone: 216.357.3425 | Email: elamb1@kent.edu

 

   

Bryan Radwancky

Bryan Radwancky is the Business Manager at the CUDC. He organizes CUDC financials and grant budgets. He also is responsible for office operation and management.  Additionally, Bryan provides event assistance, student assistance and internal project cost-tracking to keep things efficient. Prior to joining CUDC in 2013, Bryan worked as Director and Coordinator at various wellness centers in New Orleans, LA and Chicago, IL.  He volunteered for the non-profit Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for four years, where he assisted in the restoration of endangered species of butterflies in the surrounding Chicago area and assisted in Biology lab maintenance. Bryan is currently completing his degree in Urban Studies at Cleveland State University where he plans to attend graduate school for Urban and Environmental planning.

Phone: 216.357.3423 | Email: bradwanc@kent.edu

   

Steve Rugare

Steve Rugare teaches courses in history and theory of architecture and urbanism at both the CUDC and the Kent Campus. Among his current courses are the CUDC seminar "Forces that Shape Cities" and a special topics course at Kent on "World's Fairs and Architecture." He also is coordinator of the CUDC student's capstone research for the MUD degree. Steve collaborates on the CUDC's communications and public programs, with a particular emphasis on exhibits, lectures and the production of the "Urban Infill" book series. He serves as an advisor to the annual Cleveland Competition and sits on the advisory committee for the Levin College Forum Program at CSU. He has presented his research on urban and architectural history at the International Planning History Society and other venues. Before coming to CUDC, he taught at Oberlin College and the University of California at Santa Cruz. He received his bachelors in political philosophy from Michigan State University and an MA from the History of Consciousness Program at UC Santa Cruz.

Phone: 216.357.3422 | Email: srugare@kent.edu

   

Reid Coffman, MLA, PhD

Dr. Reid Coffman is a research faculty member at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and an Associate Professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. As an urban ecological designer, he specializes in the conceptualization and application of living architecture and urban systems that optimize ecological services. Commonly, he investigates the role of water as an activator for co-benefits in ecological performance with an expertise in the area of vegetative roof systems and rain gardens. Prior to joining the CUDC he led the Experimental Green Roof at the National Weather Center and The Lake Thunderbird Implementation Plan while at the University of Oklahoma. He holds a bachelor's degree in Human Health (University of Missouri), a Master of Landscape Architecture (University of Colorado), and a Doctorate in Urban Ecology and Environmental Horticulture (The Ohio State University). His recent work has been supported by the EPA and recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects and can be found in Bioscience, Journal of Green Building, Urban Habitats, and Living Architecture Monitor.

Phone: 216.357.3428 | Email: rcoffma4@kent.edu

   

Charles Frederick, RLA, LEEP AP

Charles Frederick is the Interim Director of Kent State University’s graduate landscape architecture program. He has taught upper level and graduate design studios, technical, and seminar courses at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at KSU since 1999. Charles is a practicing landscape architect with a focus on environmental design and ecological systems. His projects range from garden design to municipal planning to watersheds studies. Mr. Frederick is actively involved in his community with a leadership role with the Kent Environmental Council and has served on Kent Dam Advisory Committee, Kent Phase II Stormwater Committee, Breakneck Creek Watershed Committee, and the Portage County Watersheds-Open Space Committee. He has a Bachelor's in Architecture from Kent State University and a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. Currently he is pursuing a PhD that explores the roles of public participation in the planning process with novel data collection and geospatial site documentation techniques at the Department of Geography – Kent State University.

Phone: 216.357.3419 | Email: cfederi@kent.edu

 

 
   
 
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