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

August 9, 2021

The UC is selected for $800M USAID IDIQ Contract

The Urban Collaborative (UC) has been selected to receive the seven-year global indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for architect-engineer (A-E) services with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This IDIQ contract has a $800 million ceiling focusing on water, environmental, energy and telecom services in developing countries to […]

June 10, 2021

A BIG month for Lyndsey Deaton – AICP and a Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture from the University of Oregon.

At the UC, we believe that sustainability encompasses social and economic issues as well as environmental issues. In part, that is why we are so proud of our Senior Architect and Planner, Lyndsey Deaton, PhD, RA, AICP, PMP for completing a Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture from the University of Oregon with […]

June 10, 2021

Congratulations to Lyndsey Deaton for passing the AICP exam!