Cleveland Leadership Center | Applications for 2014 Programs


Cleveland Leadership Center, or CLC, is a central community resource that provides education, connections, and civic engagement opportunities for leaders of all ages and experience levels.

Applications for Cleveland Bridge Builders, (i)Cleveland, Look Up To Cleveland Summer Leadership Academy and Leadership Cleveland are just around the corner. The Cleveland Leadership Center proudly offers a continuum of programs that challenge leaders at every level to improve our community with inspired thinking and action.  Know someone who is ready to inspire and be inspired?  Recommend them!  Programs are:

  • Cleveland Bridge Builders – They don’t ask for permission. They make it happen. They are passionate citizens and believe in civic action. Application goes live January 31st, more information HERE
  • Leadership Cleveland – Established. Connected. Visionary.  Combine skills and vision to make CLE better.  Application goes live February 1st, more information HERE
  • (i)Cleveland – College Interns. Talented. Exploring new opportunties. Discover leaders, spaces and the knowledge base that makes Cleveland a great place to start a career. Registration goes live February 1st, read more HERE
  • Summer Leadership Academy – High School Juniors/Seniors. Motivated. Questioning.  Active, hands-on exploration of Cleveland, leadership projects and leadership experiences. Registration goes live March 1st, read more HERE


Historic Preservation in America’s Legacy Cities | Proposal Submission due 2/1


Historic Preservation in America’s Legacy Cities is an Interdisciplinary Convening hosted by The Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and The Cleveland Restoration Society. It will take place at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University from Thursday, June 5 through Saturday, June 7, 2014. There will be a mix of speaker sessions, roundtable discussions and local tours.

The purpose is to discuss the role of historic preservation in revitalizing America’s legacy cities, where long‐term population loss and economic decline present significant challenges for the future of the urban built environment. These cities have significant cultural heritage and a large stock of historic buildings, yet vacancy and abandonment are very pressing realities and, at times, demolition may be the best course of action.

This convening will not only answer the difficult questions that legacy cities face, but will be an opportunity to collaborate, share ideas, and devise solutions.

Proposals are invited on any topic that addresses the role of historic preservation in America’s Legacy cities. Deadline for submission is February 1, 2014. For more information and potential topics please see the Call for Presentations.


James Thompson Lunch Lecture | Jan 31

Garfield Scholars group led by James Thompson (lower right) in front of a fountain at the Plaza de San Francisco in Old Havana, Cuba. Photo credit: Hiram College

Join us January 31st at the CUDC for a Friday Lunch Lecture by James Thompson entitled, Designing the Future: Politics, Architecture, and the Cuban Aesthetic Question.

James Thompson is Associate Professor in Political Science at Hiram College. He received his Bachelor’s of Arts from Saint Mary’s College of California, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. Thompson specializes in International Relations and Political Theory.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs appreciated at: cudc@kent.edu

Friday, January 31st
12:15PM – 1:15PM
Kent State CUDC
1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
(Playhouse Square, Downtown Cleveland)


CEOs for Cities is Hiring!

There are two career opportunities available at CEOs for Cities and we would like to spread the word. CEOs for Cities  is the only national nonprofit organization with an ongoing national network of cross-sector, cross-generation urban leaders focused on making cities more connected, innovative, and talented and investing in your city’s distinctive assets.

Their name may suggest to some that they are only CEOs and/or only private sector. But neither is the case. They honor leadership where it happens, regardless of rank or sector. They are cross-sector, cross-generation CEOs, changemakers, and disrupters committed to city success. Essentially, they are Changemakers for Cities. Their membership network consists of individuals, businesses, startups, entrepreneurs, non-profits, foundations, learning institutions, mayors and other government leaders.

Positions available:

Creative Director

Chief Strategy Officer

Interested parties should  apply at www.ceosforcities.org/apply by February 14, 2014. Anticipated start date is early/mid March 2014.



CUDC Wins 2014 American Planning Association Award!


The CUDC is pleased to announce that our project, Pop Up City: Temporary Interventions for Community Engagement, has won the 2014 National Planning Achievement Award for Public Outreach.

Established by the CUDC in 2007, Pop Up City is a program that brings empty places to life through magical, ephemeral experiences that demonstrate how vacancy can be an opportunity and an adventure, not just a liability. These are temporary events and installations that occupy vacant buildings and activate vacant land in ways that shine a spotlight on some of Cleveland’s spectacular but underutilized properties.


Pop Up City offers a powerful way for people to envision future development alternatives and determine their preferences based on actual experiences. While traditional design professionals may find it easy to envision a transformed space on the basis of two-dimensional drawings, often the general public does not. Through high-impact, short-duration projects like Pop-Up Rockwell, non-design professionals get to “experience” the transformative potential of a space and come to understand and support a design that they might not otherwise have understood fully.

The CUDC is extremely proud of our achievement and is looking forward to more Pop Up City events in the future.






The College of Architecture and Environmental Design Announces Three New Masters Programs


Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design is excited to announce three new Masters Degree programs that will be starting in the Fall of 2014. The new additions include: The Masters of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design (MSAED, The Masters of Healthcare Design (MHCD), and The Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA). The MLA program will take place here at the CUDC in Cleveland.

Details on the programs are as follows.

Read more…


Intern for the Cleveland Foundation this Summer!


The Cleveland Foundation seeks interns for its 2014 Summer Internship program.  The internships are paid.  The program runs from June 2 and ends on August 16, 2014. Application deadline is February 14, 2014.   For more information and to apply click here.

Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a college junior or senior in fall of the current year, a graduate student, or a recent college graduate
  • Exhibit interest in the nonprofit or public sectors
  • If not a student of a local college or university, the applicant must be a resident of Greater Cleveland (Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties)

Other highly desirable qualifications include:

  • A strong academic record (preferably a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above)
  • Strong English verbal and written communications skills

Placements are with the nonprofit and public sector agencies listed after the jump. Read more…


Spring Lecture Series Kicks-Off January 17th!


Our Friday Lecture Series is back and we will be starting it off with a film screening and discussion. We will be showing a documentary on the Cuyahoga River called “The Return of the Cuyahoga”, a co-production of Florentine Films/Hott Productions Inc., WVIZ-Ideastream, Cleveland, and America’s River Communities, Inc.

Come to the CUDC Friday, January 17th, from 12-1 PM. All are welcome to join and feel free to bring your lunch!


Terry Schwarz to Speak at Shaker Historical Society


The CUDC’s Director, Terry Schwarz, will be the featured guest speaker at the Shaker Historical Society’s 67th Annual Meeting of the Members. The free event will be held from 4-5:30 PM, January 19, 2014 at the Shaker Historical Society, located at 16740 S. Park Blvd. The meeting will include light refreshments, a review of the year 2013 and election of officers and trustees.

Terry will discuss “Historic Preservation and Urban Regeneration.”  Her remarks will focus on the changing role of historic preservation in Cleveland, and other cities in similar circumstances. A city is a working artifact, constantly subjected to the forces of change, loss, and reinvention. The artifacts of the past require diligent stewardship in order to understand and inform the paths of human progress. But when hundreds (or thousands) of buildings are erased in an effort to cope with effects of population decline and disinvestment, how do we decide what to protect? And how can we derive meaning from that which remains? Perhaps we can find new ways to commemorate past glories and anticipate future uncertainties that are embodied in the present moment.

In 2014, the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative will explore historic preservation issues as a co-sponsor of a conference in June at Cleveland State, entitled “Historic Preservation in America’s Legacy Cities.” Historic Preservation will also be the topic of the CUDC’s annual publication, Urban Infill, scheduled for release in October.

Make reservations before January 17th by calling 216-921-1201 or sending an email to sclements @ shakershistory.org. The meeting is open to the public.

Event Information
Sunday, January 19, 2014 4-5:30 PM
Shaker Historical Society
16740 South Park Blvd
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120