join the team

We are always looking for talented people to join our team, at all levels. The most common way that people join UDA is through our urban design internship program that we affectionately call the 2+2 Fellowship. You can learn more about it below.

Talk to our current team members and alums, and you’ll learn why a career at UDA is a life-changing (not to mention, world-changing) experience. If you’re the kind of person who is passionate about the design of cities and towns, the unique characteristics of all places, and the adventure of travel, please reach out and contact us.


The 2 + 2 UDA Fellowship

Here’s your chance to get immersed in the critical issues facing our cities today. UDA Fellows work in small teams on a broad range of urban and architectural design. We offer a two-year Fellowship with the opportunity to stay longer as you pursue your licensure or certification. We love helping young professionals become experts in urban design and move into leadership positions. Here’s what you can expect during this one-of-a-kind program:


Years 1 and 2

  • Work and travel as a member of a team on design projects around North America and abroad
  • Work with a UDA Mentor on AXP, LEED, & AICP progress
  • Pursue LEED Green Associate & ARE preparation and exam*

Years 3, 4, and Beyond

  • Assume a leadership role on a Design Team
  • Mentor new UDA Fellows
  • Engage in AICP Certification exam preparation & exam*


What is the ARE?  The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) assesses the minimum requirements to practice as an architect. UDA helps Fellows obtain many of the skills required by the AXP. To gain experience in areas such as Construction & Evaluation, we have assisted in placing designers with full-service architecture firms after their Fellowship to complete their requirements.

What is AICP? The AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) exam certifies that you have mastered the skills and qualifications to practice as a Planner. You can qualify to take the test with an undergraduate degree and four years of professional experience. UDA provides the opportunity to fulfill all the requirements for the exam in four years.

*UDA will pay for professional exams and study materials


UDA Fellowship Application


UDA recommends that all applicants have a five-year or a professional degree in architecture, landscape architecture, or planning as well as the following skills:

  • Hand drawing skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Computer programs
    • Adobe Indesign Suite
    • AutoCAD
    • Sketch-up
    • MS Office Suite

Application Process

To become an applicant, please forward a cover letter, resume, and digital portfolio to Lori Sipes, Marketing and Recruiting Coordinator at careers@urbandesignassociates.com.

Please note:  All applications will be reviewed in the Spring 2018 with decisions made by early May.  Fellows will start at the beginning of June 2018.

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