About Us

Char•rette [shuh-ret] n an intense, collaborative design process.Etymology: small cart pushed around by professors at the École des Beaux-Arts in France to collect the final artwork by art and architecture students who were often in a frantic rush to finish.

Our Heritage


Founded on April 20, 2007 by two graduate architects, the Urban Charrette opened its doors to Friday morning workshops where the professional community discussed issues facing Tampa’s urban core.


The Urban Charrette receives a Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) grant from the American Institute of Architects Center for Communities by Design. The SDAT program connects communities with teams of technical experts chosen to provide applied expertise to urban design problems, with a focus on social, economic, and environmental sustainability.


The Urban Charrette launches it's new website and celebrates 10 years advocating for Urban Design in the Tampa Bay community!