The Arlington Urban Design Center aims to create public awareness about the importance of urban design and its impact on the quality of life, environment, and economic investment. This Design Center was established in June 2009 through a creative collaboration between the City of Arlington and the University of Texas at Arlington. Graduate students and professors from UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs (CAPPA) work closely with City staff on business and neighborhood development projects in Arlington. Students “learn by doing” as they work with City staff and benefit from the opportunity of working on real-world projects. The Design Center seeks to provide urban design solutions and innovative ideas, and present before and after images, at no cost to the general public.

Projects include:

  • Business Facade Improvements
  • Development of Neighborhood Plans
  • Design Concepts for Civic Spaces and Buildings
  • Infill/Redevelopment Designs
  • Landscape Plans
  • Streetscape Designs

View the Design Center’s Brochure

View a Visual Guide to the City's Approved Plant List

Check out UT Arlington Magazine's video segment on the Arlington Urban Design Center!

This center is funded by the City of Arlington and UTA, as well as PRIVATE DONATIONS.

Contributions are always welcome and are U.S. tax-deductible!

To learn more about this program, submit a project for consideration, or to find out how you can contribute, please contact Lyndsay Mitchell at 817-459-6653 or  [email protected].

Urban Design Center


  • Shahrzad Rokn, Architecture Intern
  • Beth Sipzner, Landscape Architecture Intern

Winner of

2011 American Planning AssociationTexas Chapter ‘Current Planning’ Award

2011 Alliance for Innovation ‘Outstanding Achievement in Innovation’ Award
2010 Midwest Texas APA Planning Advocate Award


Lyndsay Mitchell, AICP, CPM
Strategic Initiatives Officer
Office of Strategic Initiatives

Urban Design Center
City Hall, 1st Floor
101 W Abram St, Arlington, TX 76010