This project is an exploration of how the County Center can contribute to the civic atmosphere of downtown. Creating a…
Who We Are
The Florida Center for Community Design and Research is an integral part of the University of South Florida's School of Architecture & Community Design. We provide design expertise, technical assistance, applied research, and community engagement services in Florida's growing communities to address urban challenges related to the built environment. We employ research faculty, professional and support staff, and graduate students from multiple departments across the University.
Founded in 1986 as a statewide research center, the FCCDR has worked with over 100 communities on more than 150 projects. Our mission is to assist the citizens of Florida in the creation of more livable and sustainable communities. There are four program areas that align with this mission: Design Technology, Urbanization and Resiliency, Urban Design and Community Health, and Community Engagement.
Many of our projects use advanced information technology to collect, organize, and disseminate community resource data for use by researchers, planners, resource managers, and the general public to encourage effective decision-making about future growth, development, and management of built and natural resources.
Urbanization & Resiliency
We help local governments, non-profit organizations, development professionals, and concerned citizens explore ways to accommodate growth while preserving the quality of life for all Floridians. Our projects propose creative, sustainable solutions to urban and regional problems.
Urban Design & Community Health
We gather and analyze data on the intersection of the built environment and public health to help planners evaluate the quality and extent of existing infrastructure and identify trends. This collected knowledge can then be used by practitioners, both within the Florida Center and elsewhere, as a basis for creating community designs and public policies that result in healthier communities.
Our researchers are skilled at developing community engagement plans that provide guidance and tools to implement meaningful outreach programs. Information provided by the community is analyzed and resulting data is published in distinctive written and graphic forms.