UDA Emeriti Principals David Lewis, Ray Gindroz, and Don Carter, renaissance men with a spirit for life, believed that exposure to a variety of interests improves the quality of our lives and work, and — ultimately — the places we design. Formal UDA Atelier activities began in the late 1980s at UDA’s office at 1133 Penn Avenue. The firm held “end-of-the-month parties” and a monthly life drawing class was taught at UDA by Herb Olds, a legendary Carnegie Mellon University drawing professor.
Since that time, the UDA Atelier has expanded to a more robust program with a mix of structured and spontaneous events. The goal of UDA Atelier is still to expand our cultural and professional lives inside and outside of UDA. At our “end-of-the-month parties,” we host varied lecturers such as artists, industrial designers, poets, architectural historians, sociologists, and museum curators, among others. The UDA Atelier also includes book clubs, salons, and summer events.
In recognition of his pioneering career in urban design, the first annual David Lewis Urban Design Lecture sponsored by UDA, took place at Carnegie Mellon University in 2002. Since then, the David Lewis Lecturers have included: Donlyn Lyndon, Fred Koetter & Susie Kim, Leon Krier, John Norquist, Andres Duany & Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Hank Dittmar, Peter Bosselmann, Marilyn Taylor, Joan Busquets, Dhiru Thadani, and Raymond Gindroz.