THE URBAN COLLABORATIVE, LLC is an interdisciplinary design firm that focuses on helping our clients achieve their sustainability goals through engaging, educational, and efficient participatory processes tailored to each project’s scale, context, and culture. Our award-winning work addresses environmental, fiscal, and social sustainability in ways that support and enhance our clients’ missions.

While we complete private sector work for clients committed to advancing sustainability, most of our work is for U.S. federal agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Defense. The Urban Collaborative also works on U.S. federal civil works projects prioritizing resilient systems by integrating regional master planning with capacity building among stakeholders. This includes teaching master planning PROSPECT courses to federal planners and practitioners. We have helped craft national policies, we teach from those policies, and we prepare plans aligned with those policies. Additionally, we focus on municipal planning for cities and counties throughout the country.


Master Planning

We use a unique participatory process to create resilient plans for locations worldwide.

Urban Design

We make the connections between people and places, movement and urban form, nature and the built environment.


We work with public and private clients as the Design Architect to create sustainable and affordable environments.


We are recognized leaders in master planning curriculum development and education.


Articles and publications by
The Urban Collaborative team

Current policies and guidelines for
planning and design

Selected current and foundational
planning resources


Global Leader for 10 years in a row

5 National Awards in 2019

9 National Awards in 2017-2018

13 National and Regional Awards since 2014-2016

Awards are one measure of quality and The Urban Collaborative is proud to have over 40 awards for master planning, area development plans, and environmental planning.

Recent News

October 26, 2020

OAPA/APA WA speaker session

The Urban Collaborative facilitated a panel and session at the 2020 OAPA/APA WA Virtual Planning Conference: Growing Together. The session, Shaping the Public Realm in Oregon’s Small Towns, looked at three cities in Oregon and how, using three different methods, they worked with their communities to plan for a public realm […]

May 1, 2020

Emporia – Lyon County Joint Comprehensive Plan wins highest honor – Award of Excellence in the Comprehensive Plan Small Jurisdiction Category – from the County Planning Division of the American Planning Association and the National Association of County Planners

Each year the American Planning Association (APA), County Planning Division (CPD) and its sister organization, the National Association of County Planners (NACP) gives out County Planning Project Awards. Comprehensive Plan Small Jurisdiction Category – Award of Excellence: Emporia-Lyon County Joint Comprehensive Plan, Kansas.  Plan ELC was developed by The Urban Collaborative. There are […]

May 1, 2020

The Urban Collaborative Wins Five National Design Awards from the Federal Planning Division of the American Planning Association

The Federal Planning Division of the American Planning Association recently recognized The Urban Collaborative, with five national design awards. These awards reflect great credit on the firm’s commitment to collaborative and participatory processes as well as the firm’s focus on sustainability planning on all scales. A blind peer review jury led by […]