Regional / Urban Design Assistance Team


Regional / Urban Design Assistance Team

Thank you Bozeman!  With our community's participation, the R/UDAT has drafted a recommendation.

You can access the final report, in its entirely HERE.

Please note: this is a large file.  We are working on hosting it, in its entirety, online.  Please check back for an update.)

Bozeman is Montana’s fastest growing community, topping the country’s growth charts in 2015.

This growth, coupled with Bozeman’s unparalleled access to public lands, economic maturity, and a world-class university have garnered the town a national reputation as one of the most desirable communities to work and live.

Yet, various challenges accompany this growth and fast-paced expansion threatens to undermine the small town charm and outdoor qualities that define our city.

With preservation of our unique landscape and cultural heritage in mind, a local, grassroots steering committee formed to address these challenges. In early 2017, the committee’s members—with the support of the community—submitted a formal application to the American Institute of Architects for a Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT) project.

The application was approved, specifically to address Bozeman’s Northeast Neighborhood (NE)–an area that encompasses the Northeast Urban Renewal District (NEURD), the Rouse Corridor, the  historical rail yard, and Story Mill Park.

From April 7 - 10, 2017, a multi-disciplinary team of nationally recognized professionals associated with AIA visited Bozeman, volunteering their time to identify ways to encourage desirable change in our community, and preserve our unique sense of place.

Community participation in this project was crucial, and through online submissions and community forums, your input was taken into account by the design team and helped shape the final recommendation.


Who is The R/UDAT?

Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team

The American Institute of Architects has a 50-year history of public service work. The AIA’s Center for Communities by Design has conducted design assistance projects across the country. Through these public service programs, over 1,000 professionals from more than 30 disciplines have provided millions of dollars in professional pro bono services to more than 200 communities across the country, engaging thousands of participants in community driven planning processes. Its projects have led to some of the most recognizable places in America, such as San Francisco’s Embarcadero, Portland’s Pearl District, and the Santa Fe Railyard Park.

Portland architect Paddy Tillett, FAIA, describes the American Institute of Architects' Regional and Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT) program, and how teams of outside professionals can "look beyond the obvious" and integrate multiple perspectives into a realistic strategy.


The team will focus on the following objectives in the NE and provide recommendations and actionable goals for our community’s future.

Neighborhood Character

Help us preserve the unique character of existing NE neighborhoods and ensure that all values and desires of both residents and businesses alike are addressed. Our goal is for people to want to visit, live, and work here.

  • The R/UDAT project will ensure that the City of Bozeman and other neighborhoods harmoniously support these developments and consider the impact of city-wide actions as a whole.

Connectivity of the NE to GREATER Bozeman

Explore ways to improve connectivity, such as pedestrian and transit opportunities and the opportunity for multi-modal transportation, in a way that services the North 7th Corridor and the greater Downtown area.

Land use, zoning, infrastructure, and safety considerations

Explore redevelopment opportunities along the Rouse Corridor and historical rail yard. The project will look to improve parking and safety measures, and address public facilities and density efficiency in the NEURD. It will also work to integrate Story Mill Park to surrounding areas and explore the development and expansion of future public spaces for an appealing urban environment.


Help us outline development concepts and integration ideas for vacant portions of the study area. The team will also help us better define the “essence” or ambiance of these areas within the larger Bozeman character, while being sensitive to existing structures (train tracks, old depot building, etc.). Future development projects will embrace sustainable practices as well as excellence in urban design.

A 10-year plan

Outline three-to-four actionable projects that Bozeman and its community members can implement in the near-term, mid-term, and long-term over the next decade. The R/UDAT team will make these projects tangible for all Bozemanites.


Development is inevitable. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to tell us how you want the future of your neighborhood to evolve, building upon its historical and cultural fabric.