The University of Hawai‘i Community Design Center (UHCDC) is a service learning outreach initiative led by the School of Architecture that builds on four decades of public service to Hawai‘i and the Asia-Pacific region. As a hybrid program of education and practice, UHCDC offers Hawai‘i a new resource for interdisciplinary research and design inquiry. 

WHAT WE DO
We provide design, planning, placemaking, visioning, and outreach services in support of Hawai’i and its diverse communities. 

WHAT WE CARE ABOUT
Hawai‘i. 
Good design. 
Making a difference. 
Our efforts address urgent problems facing our State: housing, homelessness, affordability, transportation, energy and resource independence, cultural, economic, and ecological resilience. 

WHO WE ARE
We are a collective of University of Hawai‘i architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and design faculty and allied professionals across departments and disciplines assisted by students, interns, and recent graduates. 

WHO WE WORK FOR
Government agencies, the University of Hawai‘i System, non-profit and community organizations, and on behalf of the general public. 

WHY US
Working with us provides service learning and professional development opportunities for students, supported by the research methods and design expertise of our University faculty and partnered professionals. 

WHY IS THIS DIFFERENT
We partner with government agencies to provide proof of concept design and research services that support the CIP justification process. This government-to-government partnership offers a new model for defining and funding the projects that employ our professional community and shape our state. 

HOW WE WORK
We are a mission-driven, University of Hawai‘i School of Architecture initiative partially supported by contracts and grants that cover staffing and overhead costs.