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By on June 16, 2020

University of Cincinnati







2624 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016


Official Focal Point
Urban Futures

Alternate Focal Point
Informal Urbanism

Authority approving the partnership
Edward Mitchell, School Director



The School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID) at the University of Cincinnati is housed in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP). The School offers a BSArch, accredited BINTD, accredited MArch, MS, and PhD degrees. The shared curriculum between highly ranked architecture and interiors programs and shared course work highly ranked programs in the college and in a research university make our programs unique. SAID also features a 100 year old coop program that places students, beginning in their second year, in paid internships in a large number of national and international firms. The program combines the best of academic inquiry and invention with real world experience in order to enhance the student’s research and professional development.
Suggested Collaboration Opportunities
SAID collaborates with the other schools within the college and other colleges within the university on a wide range of topics including urban design, preservation, ecology, urban development and redevelopment, and gender studies. We have formal partnerships with the École Spéciale d’Architecture and the École Nationale Superieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris; the Hochschule für Technik in Stuttgart; Beijing Jiaotong University; and CEPT in India. In addition, we have worked formal and informal research projects in publication with the University of Bordeaux, Yale University, Columbia University, Temple University and programs in Mexico City. Studios and students have travelled in recent years to Greece, Italy, Mexico, China, India, Tanzania, Germany, Spain, Romania, and France as part of the curricular work of the school.

In collaboration with the School of Planning, SAID has opened the Orville Simpson Urban Futures Center is a newly established centre in the University’s Innovation Center. It will focus on regional issues involving the Ohio River, as well as broader initiatives in sustainable urban futures, mobility, public housing, ecology, and social justice. Topics of recent studios and studio research publications include affordable housing, preservation of urban cultural centres, mass transit and new transit-oriented development, the future of food, the future of public housing, informal urbanism in Latin America, the future of work, the rehabilitation of former coal mining towns, and the future of small towns and rural communities in the Midwest. Faculty and students take pride in engagement on these issues with public and private interest groups. These areas of research, coupled with our coop internship program, provide students, faculty, and our partners with platforms for in-depth investigation on a wide range of topics.

Areas of Expertise related to UN-Habitat
  • Water
  • Resilience
  • Planning and Design
  • Mobility
  • Housing
  • Gender
  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Climate Change