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 11 years in a row

11 National Awards in 2020-2021

11 National Awards in 2018-2019

16 National and Regional Awards since 2014-2018

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

May 23, 2024

The Military Engineer (TME) features the design and collaboration of the UC team on the Expeditionary Maritime Operations Center at Joint Base Little Creek-Fort Story

Read the full article by Brian Brazzle, Col. Paula Loomis, PhD, AICP, LEED AP, FSAME, FAIA, USAFR (Ret.), and Matthew Freeby, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB via this link.

January 18, 2024

Paula Loomis, FAIA, honored with the AIA Award for Excellence in Public Architecture 2024

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is honoring Paula Loomis, FAIA, a dedicated public servant and former U.S. Air Force Officer, with the AIA Award for Excellence in Public Architecture 2024.   WASHINGTON – January 18, 2024 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is honoring Paula Loomis, FAIA, a dedicated public […]

September 12, 2023

Successful National Capital Planning Commission Review for US Secret Service Rowley Training Center Master Plan Update

Established by Congress in 1924, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) is the federal government’s central planning agency for the National Capital Region (NCR). Through planning, policymaking, and project review of all federal and select local government projects in the NCR, NCPC protects and advances the federal government’s interest in the region’s […]