University of Hawai‘i Community Design Center – A New Platform for Community Design in Hawai'i

APA Hawai'i Chapter


Wednesday, November 7, 2018
noon - 1 p.m. HST

Honolulu, HI, United States

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This panel presentation introduces the University of Hawaii Community Design Center (UHCDC), a hybrid teaching practice established by the School of Architecture in August 2016, building on the school’s a 40-year tradition of public interest studios. UHCDC provides an expanded platform for applied interdisciplinary research, planning, and environmental design inquiry, offering service-learning and professional development opportunities to students through coursework, internships, and post-graduate employment. Since its inception, the center has generated academic opportunities for over 100 students in UHCDC project-related courses, employed over 40 student interns, and engaged 21 faculty members in 6 departments as principal investigators or consultants on projects for public or non-profit entities. The panel will provide an overview of UHCDC projects and practices and reflect on the ways that Hawai'i's context has shaped a unique proof-of-concept model for community design. The faculty panel will present in-progress work focused on connectivity, coastal resilience, and transit-oriented development.


Cathi Ho Schar

Cathi Ho Schar, AIA, LEED-AP is an adjunct assistant professor and inaugural director for the University of Hawai'i Community Design Center (UHCDC). Her work at the School of Architecture explores collaborative opportunities at the intersection of the university, community, government, and profession. She received her B.A. from Stanford ... Read More

Judith Stilgenbauer

Judith Stilgenbauer, MLA, ASLA, is an associate professor of landscape architecture at UH-M, where she currently serves as the School of Architecture’s Director of Graduate Studies. Her teaching, research, and creative work focus on the role of process, performance, and placemaking in the designed urban landscape across spatial and ... Read More

Daniele Spirandelli

Daniele Spirandelli, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Coastal Policy and Community Development with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Sea Grant College at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Daniele’s research focuses on issues of water consumption, wastewater infrastructure and coastal sustainability. Her most recent ... Read More

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