​Charlotte Urban Design Center

The Charlotte Urban Design Center's mission is to advance the quality of Charlotte's built environment and bring public awareness to the importance of urban design. The center reveals how design influences quality of life and economic resilience, and advocates for great public places in a livable city.

The Charlotte Planning, Design and & Development Department formed the Charlotte Urban Design Center in 2020 to consolidate its urban design consultation, placemaking and community engagement services under one roof.



Charlotte Center City Vision Plan  

In a partnership between the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and Charlotte Center City Partners, the team has undertaken a planning effort to establish a new blueprint for Center City growth and development for the next 20 years. The plan includes innovative, authentic, and transformative recommendations and strategies to help bring the vision to life.

Get Involved 

The draft Center City Vision Plan is now available, but the plan is not finished. We need you to tell us what you like, what can be improved, and your suggestions for other ways to help shape Center City's growth.



2020 Year-in-Review Report

Join the Charlotte Urban Design Center as it reflects on 2020 in this year-in-review report.

2020 Year-in-Review Report

Upcoming Events and Workshops

Connect with us at one of our upcoming events or workshops.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Partner with Us

Opportunities to partner with the Charlotte Urban Design Center are always popping up! Learn how you can get involved with the Charlotte Urban Design Center.

Calling All Creatives

People Make Cities

Find in-depth storytelling and thought leadership from our team on the People Make Cities blog.

People make cities

South End Studio

The Charlotte Urban Design Center  - South End Studio is the city's hub for engaging the community around urban design and placemaking. It is a space where residents, artists and community organizations can access the City of Charlotte's planning and urban design resources and staff in a single location.

Although the opening of a refreshed studio space has been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Charlotte Urban Design Center continues to provide its full breadth of services virtually. Please email a member of the staff to learn more about the center's projects and services.

Monica Carney Holmes

Charlotte Urban Design Center Program Manager

Rachel Mukai Stark

Senior Urban Designer

Erin Chantry

Senior Urban Designer and Planner

Charlotte Lamb

Associate Urban Designer and Planner

Lorna Allen

Senior Urban Designer

Jacob Huffman

Associate Urban Designer and Planner