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3.2013 - UDG's Dallas Studio Completes Move to Tower 2600
UDG, an award-winning architectural firm, is now located in the Tower 2600 office building in Richardson, TX.
2.2013 - We're Moving!
Our Dallas office will have a new address as of March 1, 2013:
2600 North Central Expressway
Richardson, Texas 75080
2.2013 - Architectural firm UDG Announces Spring Relocation to Richardson, Texas
UDG's new office is designed to promote creativity, collaboration, and accommodate future growth.
12.2012 - UDG Announces Promotion of Four Team Members
UDG, an award-winning architectural firm, recently promoted three team members to the position of Associate and named one employee as a Senior Associate.
9.2012 - Urban Design Group Principal to Participate in Diversity Summit
Award-winning Native American designer Ken Rhyne will participate as a panelist at the "Strength Through Diverse-Cities Multicultural Summit" hosted by the American Institute of Architects Diversity Council.
9.2012 - Urban Design Group Principal to Perform at Humane Society Benefit
Award-winning musician and designer Ken Rhyne will perform at the inaugural "Ride Like the Animals" fundraiser to benefit the Humane Society of Jackson County.
8.2012 - Urban Design Group Principal Mentors SCAD Senior
Ken Rhyne Contributes Perspective of Native American Designer and Musician to Senior's Capstone Project.
8.2012 - Urban Design Group Adds K. Ashley Roberts, CPSM, LEED AP, as Marketing Manager at the firm's Dallas Studio
K. Ashley Roberts, CPSM, LEED AP was recently named as Marketing Manager with Urban Design Group.
7.2012 - Urban Design Group Donating Architectural Services to Create Jackson County's First Animal Shelter
The Humane Society of Jackson County worked tirelessly for years to gain funding and support for the county's first animal shelter. After hearing of their plans, the architects at Urban Design Group volunteered to help make this dream a reality by designing the facility on a pro bono basis.
7.2012 - Urban Design Group Recognized as a Top Small Business in Atlanta and Named to List of Top 300 Small Businesses in the South
Business Leader Media honored Urban Design Group for the second year in a row with two prestigious rankings for the firm's achievements as a successful small business at the 2012 Business Leader awards ceremony held on June 28, 2012.
5.2012 - Urban Design Group's Marc Clear Designing Pro Bono Library Project for Children in Ghana
With the support of Urban Design Group, Marc Clear is donating architectural design and 3D renderings for a library project to benefit impoverished children in Ghana, West Africa.
3.2012 - Urban Design Group Using Building Information Modeling Software and Advanced 3-D Renderings to Design their New Office Space
UDG, an award-winning architectural firm, is using Revit to create virtual 3-D models of their new offices. The firm is relocating to Buckhead's prestigious Prominence Building in April 2012.
3.2012 - Urban Design Group Names Scott Norman as Associate Principal
Urban Design Group, an award-winning architectural firm, recently promoted Scott T. Norman, AIA, LEED AP, Atlanta Studio Director, to the position of Associate Principal with the firm.
2.2012 - Urban Design Group Successfully Completes 101,000 SF Hollywood Casino in Perryville, MD
Urban Design Group served as the architectural firm for the Hollywood Casino in Perryville, MD. The 101,000 SF property opened on schedule, despite construction delays due to site remediation issues. The casino features Penn National Gaming's unique Hollywood design theme and offers 1,500 video lottery terminals and two dining options.
2.2012 - Structure Magazine: Casino Makeover
UDG's Hollywood Casino at Joliet is featured in Structure Magazine.
2.2012 - Shannah Hayley, Marketing Director with Urban Design Group, Inducted Into the SMPS Dallas Marketing Hall of Fame
Urban Design Group's Marketing Director, Shannah Hayley, was formally inducted into the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Dallas Marketing Hall of Fame at the chapter's 30th anniversary celebration and Marketing Achievement Awards Gala.
2.2012 - Urban Design Group Formally Announces Relocation to Buckhead's Prestigious Prominence Building
UDG, an award-winning architectural firm, recently announced plans to move their office to the Prominence building in Buckhead in April 2012.
1.2012 - Urban Design Group to relocate from Galleria to Buckhead
Urban Design Group (UDG) has signed a lease for 7,518 square feet in the Prominence building at 3475 Piedmont Rd in Atlanta, Georgia.
1.2012 - The Architect's Newspaper: A Click Away
UDG's School of Cinematic Arts is featured in The Architect's Newspaper's analysis of the use of BIM technology.
1.2012 - William Richardson, Urban Design Group's Dallas Studio Director, Invited to Judge the Engineering News-Record (ENR) Annual Top 20 Under 40 Regional Competition
William Richardson, AIA, Dallas Studio Director with the architectural firm of Urban Design Group, was invited to serve as a regional judge for ENR,s annual Top 20 Under 40 Competition.
1.2012 - Urban Design Group Principal Ken Rhyne Invited as Guest Speaker for the Decatur Rotary Club's January 13 Meeting
Ken Rhyne, Principal with the architectural firm of Urban Design Group, is a noted Native American designer and chart-climbing blues musician. He is speaking to the Decatur, GA Rotary Club on Friday, January 13, 2012.
12.2011 - Urban Design Group Names Quincy Tiller III as Atlanta Studio Building Information Modeling Director
Urban Design Group, an award-winning architectural firm, recently named Quincy Tiller III to the newly-created position of BIM Director for the Atlanta studio.
11.2011 - Urban Design Group Promotes Eight Team Members
Urban Design Group, an award-winning architectural firm serving worldwide clientele from studios in Dallas, TX and Atlanta, GA, recently named five new Associates and three Senior Associates to the firm.
11.2011 - Urban Design Group Recognized as one of Atlanta's Top 25 Architectural Firms by the Atlanta Business Chronicle
The Atlanta Business Chronicle recognized Urban Design Group on their list of Atlanta's Top 25 Architectural Firms published in the November 4-10, 2011 edition.
11.2011 - Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Sports Bar and Lounge Named as Facility Design Project of the Month by Foodservice Equipment & Supplies
Urban Design Group served as the architect for the Sky Box Sports Bar and H Lounge for the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV. The new dining and entertainment venues were profiled as the Facility Design Project of the Month by Foodservice Equipment & Supplies.
10.2011 - Donald C. Buenger, Principal with Urban Design Group, Selected as Member of the Real Estate Group of Atlanta (REGA)
The Real Estate Group of Atlanta (REGA) is one of Atlanta's most prominent commercial real estate organizations. Urban Design Group Principal Donald C. Buenger, AIA, LEED AP, was recently invited to join the prestigious group as a new member.
10.2011 - UDG Successfully Completes New 120,000 SF Pavilion and Parking Deck for Hollywood Casino in Joliet, Illinois
Urban Design Group helped convert the former Empress Casino into a Hollywood Casino in Joliet, Illinois by replacing the gaming support pavilion and adding a parking deck to the property. Just minutes from Chicago, the renovated casino features Penn National Gaming's unique Hollywood design theme. The casino offers slots, table games and poker. The facility features four dining options, a retail area, full service hotel and an on-site RV resort.
10.2011 - Indian Gaming: Who's Who: Ken Rhyne - Multitalented Blues Recording Artist
UDG Principal Ken Rhyne is profiled in Indian Gaming's October 2011 issue.
9.2011 - Ken Rhyne Band, Sponsored by Urban Design Group, Playing Animal Shelter Fundraising Event for Burke County Friends of Animals on October 1, 2011
The Ken Rhyne Band is playing a fundraising event on Saturday, October 1, 2011 to raise money for Burke County Friends of Animals, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter in NC. Rhyne, a nationally-recognized Native American designer, is a Principal with Urban Design Group and a talented blues musician with a band that is climbing the charts.
9.2011 - Urban Design Group Excited to Move Forward with Cataloochee Wilderness Resort
Cataloochee Wilderness Resort is now moving forward. The land for Phase One is assembled and funding is in place. The new ownership and the new leadership team believe it is the right time to begin. Urban Design Group is developing the master plan for the project which is adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Pisgah National Forest. The initial phase will include retail, a resort style lodge/conference center and residential units.
9.2011 - Ken Rhyne Band, Sponsored by Urban Design Group, Playing Free Concert at 2011 Suwanee Day Festival and Opening for The Lovin' Spoonful Band
Ken Rhyne, Principal with Urban Design Group, is a noted Native American designer and a talented chart-climbing blues musician. His band is playing a free concert on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at this year's annual Suwanee Day celebration. The Ken Rhyne Band takes the stage at 7 pm and is followed by The Lovin' Spoonful at 8:15 pm.
8.2011 - Urban Design Group Offering a Series of High School Career Education Sessions on Architecture through the Boy Scouts of America's Exploring Program
Exploring is a career education program for young men and women to provide hands-on experience to help them determine what career to pursue upon graduating from high school. Urban Design Group is offering a multi-week course on becoming an architect.
8.2011 - UDG Principals Invited to Participate in Exclusive Latin American Infrastructure & Property Development Summit 2011
The Latin American Infrastructure & Property Development Summit is being held August 17-19, 2011. Executive-level delegates from public authorities, developers and contractors will meet with leading-edge solution providers, including Urban Design Group, to collaborate in developing strategies for continued growth in the region.
8.2011 - Principal Selected to Present at the 17th Annual Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Conference and Tradeshow
UDG's Ken Rhyne, a noted Native American designer, will present two educational sessions at the OIGA Conference on Wednesday, August 15, 2011.
7.2011 - Principal Interviewed for International Development Conference
UDG's Ron Armstrong shares his thoughts on developing a successful developer-designer relationship with Marcus Evans Group.
7.2011 - Urban Design Group Adds Elena Lasker as an Interior Designer at the firm's Atlanta Studio
Elena Lasker was recently named as an Interior Designer with Urban Design Group.
7.2011 - Urban Design Group Adds Jana Rubin, CPSM, as Marketing Manager at the firm's Atlanta Studio
Jana Rubin was recently named as Marketing Manager with Urban Design Group.
7.2011 - Urban Design Group Recognized as a Top Small Business in Atlanta and Named to List of Top 300 Small Businesses in the South
Business Leader Media honored Urban Design Group with two prestigious rankings for the firm's achievements as a successful small business at the 2011 Business Leader awards ceremony held on June 27, 2011.
7.2011 - USC's School of Cinematic Arts, Designed by Urban Design Group, Wins Grand Prize at 41st Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards
The Grand Prize at the 2011 Los Angeles Architectural Awards has been awarded to USCâ€™s School of Cinematic Arts, a project designed by the architectural firm Urban Design Group.
6.2011 - Urban Design Group Packs the House with their First Annual Blues and Q's Event Featuring the Ken Rhyne Band
Nationally-recognized Native American designer Ken Rhyne showcased the musical talents of his band at Blues and Q's, a rockin' party for the clients, employees and friends of Urban Design Group's Atlanta studio.
6.2011 - Urban Design Group Adds Yelena Ptashinskaya as a Project Coordinator at their Dallas Studio
Yelena Ptashinskaya was recently named as a Project Coordinator with Urban Design Group.
6.2011 - Urban Design Group Principals Invited to Participate in Exclusive Asian Infrastructure & Property Development Summit 2011
The Asian Infrastructure & Property Development Summit is being held July 4-6 in Macao, China. Executive-level delegates from public authorities, developers and contractors will meet with leading-edge solution providers, including Urban Design Group, to collaborate in developing strategies for future growth in the region.
5.2011 - Urban Design Group Adds Jed Laver as an Architectural Intern at their Dallas Studio
Jed Laver was recently named as an Architectural Intern with Urban Design Group.
5.2011 - Jeff Adams of Urban Design Group Participated in TEXO's 2011 Young Constructors Council Legislative Day
The Young Constructors Council (YCC) is a subgroup of TEXO, the largest commercial contractors association in Texas. Members of the YCC participated in Legislative Day and learned about political issues and met with lawmakers. Jeff Adams, an Associate with Urban Design Group, represented the firm at the 2011 event.
4.2011 - Urban Design Group Principal Ken Rhyne Creates Award-Winning Interiors and Climbs Musical Charts with His Blues Rock Band
Noted Native American Designer Ken Rhyne, a Principal with Urban Design Group, has won many awards for his interior design and architectural projects over the years. Now, his veteran blues ensemble, the Ken Rhyne Band, is once again making the charts and gaining popularity.
3.2011 - Urban Design Group Receiving Proclamation Award at Dallas Build Expo
The Dallas Build Expo is being held March 16-17, 2011 at the Dallas Convention Center.
2.2011 - Ken Rhyne Presenting Lunch and Learn Session on Native American Culture
Urban Design Group's Ken Rhyne, noted Native American designer, is making a special Lunch and Learn presentation to a community group raising funds to assist the Braselton-West Jackson Library on March 9, 2011.
2.2011 - Urban Design Group Senior Team Members Invited to Judge Student Architectural Projects at ITT Technical Institute's First Design Expo
ITT Tech invited two senior team members from Urban Design Group to review student architectural projects as part of the first ITT Design Expo on February 17, 2011. William J. Richardson, AIA, Senior Associate, and Carter Moore, Associate, will participate in judging the submittals.
1.2011 - Urban Design Group Creates Whimsical Rocking Chairs for 5th Annual Furniture 4 Kids Design Competition
The 5th annual Furniture 4 Kids (F4K) event is scheduled for Wednesday, January 26, 2011 in Dallas, TX. Urban Design Group is proud to show their support for the F4K event and showcase their creativity and team spirit in designing two "Cowboy Up" rockers.
1.2011 - Urban Design Group Promotes Two (Senior-Level) Team Members
Urban Design Group, an award-winning architectural firm, recently promoted Shannah Hayley to Senior Associate and Jeff Adams to Associate.
11.2010 - UDG Awarded Architectural Commission for New Texas Amphitheater
UDG was recently selected to design an amphitheater for the Opal Lawrence Historical Park in Mesquite, Texas.
11.2010 - UDG Participates in Atlanta's Downtown Development Day
Atlanta's 8th Annual Downtown Development Day was a huge success. UDG was proud to have a booth at the event.
11.2010 - Principal to Give Presentation on Native American Culture
Urban Design Group's Ken Rhyne is making a special presentation at the Braselton Library in Georgia.
10.2010 - Atlanta Business Chronicle: Designer Takes Passion for Blues to the Stage
UDG Principal Ken Rhyne is profiled in the Atlanta Business Chronicle's People in the News section.
10.2010 - Convergence Center Project Nominated for "Best Master Planned" Award
UDG-designed project was nominated in HRACRE's 2010 Excellence in Development Design Awards program.
10.2010 - Building Information Modeling: University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
The use of BIM for the new USC School of Cinematic Arts is profiled in an AutoDesk Case Study.
10.2010 - Panache Design: Tips and Trends
UDG Principal Ken Rhyne shares five principles for incorporating cultural elements and theming into architectural projects.
10.2010 - Texas Construction: Better Business
UDG Principal Ron Armstrong discusses Achieving Design Excellence Through Strategic Partnering.
10.2010 - UDG Celebrates 35 Years
UDG celebrates 35 years in business.
10.2010 - UDG Adds New Staff
UDG adds to its architectural staff.
9.2010 - UDG Invited to Exclusive Summit
John Novack invited to participate in Asian Infrastructure and Property Development Summit in Macau.
9.2010 - Green BIM SmartMarket Report: How Building Modeling is Contributing to Green Design and Construction
USC School of Cinematic Arts is featured in BIM, Lean and Green Design Special Subject Case Study.
8.2010 - UDG Adds New Staff
UDG adds to its architectural staff.
7.2010 - Senior Associates to Speak at ITT Technical Institute
UDG Senior Associates to lecture at ITT Technical Institute in Richardson, Texas.
6.2010 - Principal to Speak at IIDA
Ken Rhyne to be keynote speaker for the IIDA Georgia Chapter annual meeting.
5.2010 - Principals Speak at Collin College
John Novack and Ken Rhyne lecture on hospitality design at Collin College.
4.2010 - Principal Speaks at Iowa State University
Ken Rhyne lectures on infusing Native American culture into architectural projects.
3.2010 - UDG Adds New Staff
UDG adds to its architectural staff.
12.2009 - Columns
USC School of Cinematic Arts profiled in "Reality Ends Here."
9.2009 - School Construction News
USC School of Cinematic Arts is the cover story: "California Style."
8.2009 - College Planning and Management
UDG Founder John Novack discusses "Place-Making: Why Not Instill That Sense of Belonging on a Campus?" in CPM's August issue.
6.2009 - UDG Names New Shareholder
UDG names Ken Rhyne shareholder and principal.
5.2009 - Award for Exterior Institutional by a Wall and Ceiling Contractor
USC School of Cinematic Arts Phase I receives award from the Western Wall and Ceiling Contractors Association.
4.2009 - AIArchitect This Week
USC School of Cinematic Arts is a Project of Note: "High Performance, Retro Style for USC's New Film School."
4.2009 - Archit-Tech
Project profile: "New Home for USC's School of Cinematic Arts."
3.2010 - Variety
Cinema school gets grand overhaul.
2.2009 - Dallas Morning News
UDG's role in the USC School of Cinematic Arts project.
2.2010 - The New York Times
Profile of the soon-to-open new USC School of Cinematic Arts.
2.2010 - Walls and Ceilings
USC School of Cinematic Arts is the cover story: "Cinematic Soul."
6.2008 - The Oklahoma City Journal-Record
These Walls: Kennedy Building in Tulsa
A profile of the historic renovation of the Kennedy Building in downtown Tulsa. UDG preserved the building's historic exterior look and feel while creating a mid-century modern interior.