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Orlando Center for Architecture & Design (OCAD)

OCAD Vision

The Orlando Foundation for Architecture's primary vision is to develop and sustain the Orlando Center of Architecture and Design that celebrates Orlando as a center of innovation and creativity by engaging and inspiring the public toward implementing positive change. It promotes the exchange of ideas and encourages the public to participate in building vibrant communities that make Central Florida a globally significant region.

The OCAD Task Force was created in collaboration with AIA Orlando in order to fulfill such vision. 

Currently, our planning approach is divided into five areas:


  • Principal Objectives

  • Programming

  • Property Search

  • Design Oversight

  • Move Management Oversight

OCAD Portal

2020 CityLab OCAD Project



The project this semester is the Orlando Center for Architecture. A research and public outreach facility that serves as Orlando’s central hub for Architecture. The Center will be home to the Orlando Foundation of Architecture (a 501c3 organization), the local AIA Orlando Chapter, and house the entire 2+2+2 Architecture Program (Valencia, UCF, and UF Studios) within a single building.  


The Center will provide a meeting place and destination for people who believe good design matters. Through exhibits, lectures, tours and special events, the Center offers a place where design professionals, community leaders, students, and the public can admire, discuss and debate our built environment. In addition to its research and dissemination mission, the Center will focus on educating the public about the tangible and socio-cultural impacts of Architecture and the necessary planning to shape the future of Orlando.  


Students are tasked with preparing a program and developing a design proposal for the Orlando Center of Architecture that will meet four core functions:  

1) Serve as Orlando’s central hub for Architecture where individuals can conduct research and disseminate new Architectural knowledge.  

2) Provide headquarters for the Orlando Foundation of Architecture and AIA Orlando to host short courses, conferences, tours and symposia for both architects and the general public.  

3) House the entire Orlando 2+2+2 Architecture Program (Valencia, UCF, and UF Studios) 
ARC 6911 CORE Design Studio 4 UF CityLab-Orlando Spring 2020 within a single building expressed in a manner that encourages the collaboration unique to this three-way partnership.  

4) Educate the public about the tangible and socio-cultural impacts of architecture and urban planning. The proposed facility must exhibit the best practices of design while responding to and being fully integrated into the fabric of the city.  

Other Architecture Centers

Around the country Architecture Centers are spreading appreciation of their cities and the beautifully designed buildings in them. Their programs vary. You may have some wonderful experiences while traveling, when you visit one of them and take one of their tours, or view an exhibit.

Below are links to some of these other Architecture Centers:

Chicago, IL
Chicago Architecture Center (CAC)                                          

Columbus, IN
The Center for Architecture and Design                                 

Dallas, TX
Architecture and Design Exchange (AD EX)                           

San Francisco, CA
Center for Architecture and Design                                         

Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center

New York, NY
Center for Architecture                                                                      

Additional Links on Architecture and Design:

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Architizer: the World’s Architecture, Products and A+Awards

ArchDaily: Broadcasting Architecture Worldwide

Arch Atlas: Architecture Design Art Photography

Cool Spaces TV, hosted by Stephen Chung, PBS Series and Books

Dezeen Magazine

Design Milk: Modern Design


Finally, here are some links to local professional Design, Business and Construction Chapters:

AIA Orlando: American Institute of Architects Chapter

USGBC-CF: Central Florida Chapter U.S. Green Building Council

Greater Orlando CSI: Construction Specifications Institute,  Area Chapter

IIDA: International Interior Design Association Florida Central Chapter

ACE Central Florida Mentor Program: Architecture Construction Engineering

ABC Central Florida: Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.

NAIOP Central Florida Chapter: Commercial Real Estate Development Association

Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce:

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