Center for Community Design & Preservation
The Center for Community Design & Preservation (CCDP) serves as the Public Service and Outreach office for the College of Environment & Design. We provide opportunities for our faculty and students to engage in real-world projects and put their academic pursuits into practice.
Through our Public Service Request system, we respond to a range of citizen requests for assistance, from residential landscape design problems via our Student Job Board to large-scale community improvement challenges incorporated into CED studios and coursework.
We offer community Design Charrettes as a service-learning opportunity for students as well as outreach to Georgia communities. “Charrette” describes a rapid, intensive, and creative work session in which a design team works with local stakeholders to focus on a particular design problem and arrive at a collaborative solution.
CCDP also houses FindIt!— a statewide historic resources survey program in conjunction with the Georgia Transmission Corporation. This long-standing program provides invaluable graduate assistantships to CED students, enhancing their learning experience and the programs’ successes. FindIt students have documented over 14,000 historic buildings, cemeteries and structures since 2002.
CCDP staff provide community meeting facilitation and presentations on a wide variety of topics, including the Georgia Historic Preservation Act, local historic preservation commissions, design review programs and historic resource surveys. We provide promotion and marketing materials for CED’s academic programs and outreach projects as well as other UGA outreach initiatives.