About Us
The University of Cincinnati Niehoff Urban Studio was created in 2002 and adminstered by the Community Design Center of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAPCDC). The DAAPCDC organized collaborative interdisciplinary community/university partnerships for the research and design of physical improvements which serve the University’s urban area since 1986. The Niehoff Urban Studio was subsequentially conceived as a way of positioning the essential university outreach function of DAAPCDC within the curriculum of its colleges as credit bearing interdisciplinary community collaborative coursework. The Niehoff Urban Studio organized interdisciplinary classes around transforming the urban environment and improving our local quality of life and it hosted a public education program to promote this type of urbanism. The DAAPCDC provided day-to-day adminstration of the Niehoff Urban Studio, and, in a parallel technical service function, the DAAPCDC developed the community based collaborative Studio concepts into policy proposals, feasibility studies, and occasionally tangible outcomes.

In 2017 the Niehoff Urban Studio formally joined the Provost's UC Forward Program which has existed since 2011 to promote interdisicplinary community-university collaborative coursework in non-design programs campus-wide. Today the Niehoff Urban Studio remains as a setting for any community collaborative interdisciplinary coursework as well as a venue for events focused on urbanism in our local community. For UC Forward, the studio also now functions as a "front door" and central location from which to support the diverse and far reaching UC Forward programs. Relevant technical service work, formerly implemented by DAAPCDC, is now assumed by the Niehoff Urban Studio and other units around the Univerisity.


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