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College of Environment and Design

Center for Community Design & Preservation

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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 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 18,000 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.

To request our assistance with your project, contact Jennifer Lewis at 706-542-6760 for more information, or send her a Public Service Request.



Jennifer Lewis, | 706-542-6760

vacant, FindIt Program Coordinator | 706-542-1028

Office: Founders Memorial Garden House (upstairs)

Mailing Address:

Center for Community Design and Preservation
College of Environment + Design

285 South Jackson Street
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602

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2023-2024 CCDP Students:

Jeffrey Bussey, MHP, Findit Surveyor

Laura Leigh Haga, MHP, Findit Surveyor

Kayla McElreath, MHP, FindIt Surveyor

Olivia Roger, MHP, Charrette Assistant

Madison Smrz, MLA, Outreach Assistant

Mel Staton, MHP, FindIt Surveyor

Niamh West, MHP, FindIt Surveyor 

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