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 | Download CV


David Jurca

David Jurca is the Associate Director at the CUDC, where his work integrates professional practice, applied research, and teaching. Responding to dynamic community needs, David advances the CUDC's various advocacy initiatives and spearheads efforts to develop effective techniques for public engagement. In 2013, David launched COLDSCAPES.org, a multileveled initiative to spur creative engagement and livability in winter cities. He also co-founded Design Diversity, an initiative to promote people of color in architecture and design professions in Northeast Ohio. Appointed Assistant Professor of Urban Design in Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, David teaches graduate studios, community charrette courses, and advises MUD capstone projects. He also taught the Designing Urban Green Spaces course for three years at Case Western Reserve University as a part-time lecturer in the SAGES program. David serves on the City of Cleveland’s Near West Design Review Committee, the Franklin Boulevard - West Clinton Landmarks Advisory Committee, and volunteers for a number of organizations dedicated to community service. 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 | Download CV


Jeffrey Kruth

Jeffrey Kruth is a Senior Urban Designer at the CUDC. 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 | Download CV


Kristen Zeiber

Kristen Zeiber is a Project Manager, Urban Designer, and Adjunct Faculty at the CUDC. She has been with the CUDC since 2013, and contributes to the organization’s neighborhood planning, research, mapping, and student advising. She also teaches the annual Midwest Urban Design Charrette for Masters students in Architecture and Urban Design in collaboration with several other universities. She is on the Board of Directors and co-chairs the Scholarship Committee for the Cleveland chapter of ACE Mentors, a nonprofit extracurricular program which introduces high school students to the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering professions.

Kristen’s previous Community Design Center and Design/Build experience includes over four years post-Katrina at Mississippi State University’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, MS, with founder David Perkes; and short internships with the Center for Urban Pedagogy in New York and the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont. She holds a MS in Architecture Studies (SMArchS-Urbanism) from MIT, and a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Penn State University.

Phone: 216.357.3437 | Email: kzeiber@kent.edu | Download CV


Beth Conway

Beth Conway 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, as well as, a certificate of Graphics Design focused in web and interactive media.

Phone: 216.357.3425 | Email: elamb1@kent.edu | Download CV


Katie Slusher

Katie Slusher is the current post-graduate fellow at the CUDC. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, where her design and research pursuits focused on interdisciplinary work in complex historical and social contexts. While at UT, she contributed to research on the infrastructure and migrant experience of immigrant detention in Texas. This work was exhibited as part of the Humanities Action Lab’s States of Incarceration project, a collaborative, nationally-touring program of exhibitions and engagement events focusing on the crisis of mass incarceration in the United States. Prior to her graduate studies, Katie worked as a designer and educator in Richmond, Virginia. She contributed to projects at a variety of scales, from wayfinding and exhibition design to architectural work for institutions including the Gettysburg Foundation and the College of  William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art. In addition to her work in practice, Katie’s interest in issues related to equity and education brought her to Blue Sky Fund, where she worked facilitating experiential outdoor education programming for elementary and middle school students in East End neighborhoods. 

Phone: 216.357.3427 | Email: kslushe4@kent.edu


April James

April James is the Office Manager at the CUDC. Her previous experience hs been working in various academic and student services departments within higher education such as counseling & student affairs, business services, and adult higher education. April received her Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in Mass Communication. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Tiffin University.

Phone: 216.357.3434 | Email: ajames27@kent.edu


Steve Rugare

Steve Rugare is an Associate Professor at Kent State University College of Architecture and Environemental Design. Steve 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 seminars on "World's Fairs and Architecture" and "Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Media" at Kent. From 1999 to 2009 he was a member of the CUDC professional staff, working on publications, events, exhibitions, and design competitions, and he continues to collaborate with the staff on programming. He has served as an adviser to the Cleveland Design Competition since its inception. He has presented his research on urban and architectural history at the International Planning History Society, the Architectural Research Centers Consortium and other venues. and he is currently working on a book on the architecture and planning of world's fairs and expositions. 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: 216.798.2665 | Email: srugare@kent.edu | Download CV


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: cfrederi@kent.edu | Download CV



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