Curriculum Vitae



2006 Master of Architecture - Concentration in Urban Design
Kent State University
2002 Bachelor of Science in Architecture
The Ohio State University


Seventh Hill LLC
2018 - present Principal
Kent State University - College of Architecture and Environmental Design
2014 - 2018 Assistant Professor of Urban Design - NTT Faculty
Kent State University - Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
2012 - 2018 Associate Director
2011 - 2012 Senior Urban Designer
2006 - 2011 Urban Designer
Herman Gibans Fodor Architects, Inc.
2002 - 2004 Intern Architect


2018 Great Places Award in Planning - Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) for CPL150: Community Vision Plan
2017 Activism Award - American Institute of Architects (AIA) Cleveland
2017 Great Places Award in Planning - Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) for Making Our Own Space
2014 National Planning Achievement Award for Public Outreach - American Planning Association for Pop Up City
2013 Great Place Research Award - Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) “Pop Up City: Temporary Use Strategies for a Shrinking City”
2012 National Planning Excellence Award for Innovation in Best Practices for Sustaining Places - American Planning Association for Re-imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland
2011 Organization Award - Ohio Chapter of the American Association of Landscape Architects

Select Project ExperiencE

2019 - present Reaching Lincoln Heights | Tremont Neighborhood Plan - Cleveland, OH
Elevate The East | Public Art Plan - Cleveland, OH
2018 - present SIT + SEE Public Art Competition, Winner | LAND Studio - Cleveland, OH
Making Our Own Space (MOOS) Youth Placemaking Program - Cleveland/Shaker Heights, OH
2018 - 2019 Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone | Agrihood Redevelopment Plan - Cleveland, OH
Sandusky Neighborhood Plans - Sandusky, OH
2018 Design Diversity Index Report - Cleveland, OH
2015 - 2017 Cleveland Public Library CPL150 Community Vision Plan - Cleveland, OH
2017 Moreland Rising Neighborhood Public Art Plan - Shaker Heights, OH
Van Aken District Public Art Plan - Shaker Heights, OH
2016 Conneaut Harborfront Master Plan - Conneaut, OH
2014 Step Up Downtown Vision + Tactical Plan - Cleveland, OH
Homeless Futures: Shaping and Sharing Development in the City - Cleveland, OH
Duck Island Master Plan - Cleveland, OH
2013 Campus District North/South Connectivity Study - Cleveland, OH
Avalon: Cleveland’s First Bike Boulevard - Cleveland, OH
Detroit-Superior Bridge Lower Level TLCI Project - Cleveland, OH
East Akron Neighborhood Revitalization Plan - Akron, OH
2012 Pop Up Rockwell - Cleveland, OH
City of North Canton Master Plan - North Canton, OH
Clifton Boulevard Transportation Enhancement Project - Cleveland/Lakewood, OH
2011 EcoVillage Community Design Charrette - Cleveland, OH
Buckeye-Woodhill TLCI Project - Cleveland, OH
Connecting Cleveland: Beyond the Burnham Plan Local Design Charrette - Cleveland, OH
2010 Summit Lake Community Design Charrette - Akron, OH
Re-imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland: Strategies for the Reuse of Vacant Land - Cleveland, OH
Central and Kinsman-Union Neighborhoods Master Plan - Cleveland, OH
2009 The Bridget Project Design [Build] Charrette - Cleveland, OH
City of Oberlin Planned Development District Design Guidelines - Oberlin, OH
STEPS to a Healthier Cleveland maps - Cleveland, OH
City of Elyria Master Plan - Elyria, OH
Vacant Land Reutilization Strategies for Model Blocks Neighborhoods - Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Rowing Foundation Charrette - Cleveland, OH
2008 Larchmere Boulevard Master Plan Update - Cleveland/Shaker Heights, OH
2007 Pop Up City - Cleveland, OH
Cuyahoga Heights Master Plan - Cuyahoga Heights, OH
Boardman Community Design Charrette - Boardman, OH
Howard Street Charrette - Akron, OH
Shrinking Cities Housing Study - Cleveland, OH
Vatnysmiri Competition Entry - Reykjavik, Iceland
W. 117th Street Design Charrette - Cleveland/Lakewood, OH
2006 Stockyards/Ohio City/Detroit Shoreway Joint Planning Area Study - Cleveland, OH
Oak Hill Neighborhood Charrette - Youngstown, OH

Invited Lectures + Keynotes

2018 “Design Diversity Index: Building a Data Feedback Loop”
American Planning Association (APA) - Columbus, OH
2018 “Equity in Winter Cities”
American Planning Association (APA) - Cleveland, OH
2017 “Serendipity Spaces”
Creative Mornings - Cleveland, OH
2016 “Winter City Design”
Urban Land Institute (ULI) Alberta - Calgary and Edmonton, Canada
“Creative Constraints: Transforming Mobility Challenges into Assets”
Hope for the City: Mobility Matters Lecture Series, Old Stone Church - Cleveland, OH
2015 “The Well-Seasoned City”
Pecha Kucha Volume 24 - Cleveland, OH
“Urban Design in High Freeze-Thaw Environments”
Winter Cities Shake-Up - Edmonton, Canada
2014 “Coldscapes: Design Ideas for Winter Cities” DIALOGUES #8, Guide to Kulchur: Text, Art, and News - Cleveland, OH
“Designing the Design Competition: A COLD Case Study” Kent State University CAED Faculty Lecture Series - Kent, OH
2013 “Community Design: Engaging Local Culture and Cold Weather”
University of Minnesota College of Design - Minneapolis, MN
2012 “Life in the Street: Reclaiming Public Space”
SXSW Eco - Austin, TX
“Pop Up Rockwell: Temporary Use & Public Engagement”
University of Texas, School of Architecture - Austin, TX
2011 “Designing Neighborhoods by Building Community”
Global Cleveland Summit - Cleveland, OH


2013 - present Founding member, Design Diversity initiative -
Chair, City of Cleveland Near West Design Review Committee
Member, Gateway District Public Realm Advisory Committee
2012 - present Chair, Planning & Development Committee - Friends of the Romanian Cultural Garden
2010 - 2015 Vice-chair, Franklin Boulevard - West Clinton Avenue Historic District Design Review Committee


Kent State University
Advisor, Graduate Capstone Studio IV, ARCH UD-60704
College of Architecture and Environmental Design - M.Arch + M.U.D.
2018 Knowhere: Applying Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences to Urban Design - Emily Williams
2016 Autonomous Vehicles and Urban Campus Environments - Morgan Gundlach
2015 Transcultural Urbanism: Building Opportunities for Refugees in Cleveland - Alena Miller
2014 Responsive Loop: Chaos Theory Principles for Neighborhood Growth - Derek Behm
2014 The Shared City: Designing Environments for Human & Wildlife Cohabitation - Amy Robertson
2013 Public Space and the Effects on Digital Culture - Thom Nester
2012 Transitional Urbanism: Neighborhoods for the Refugee Experience - Nti Awakessien
2012 Blending Boundaries: Port and Downtown Cleveland - Utkarsh Kankariya
2010 Cyber/Space: Networks, Architecture, and Instant Anywhere - Alex Koch
2010 - present Lead Instructor, Urban Design Graduate Research Studio III, ARCH UD-60703
College of Architecture and Environmental Design - M.Arch + M.U.D.
2009 - present Lead Instructor, Community Design Charrette Course, ARCH 66995
College of Architecture and Environmental Design - M.Arch, M.U.D. + Arch. Studies
2005 - present Studio Review Juror, Urban Design Graduate Research Studio III, ARCH UD-60703
College of Architecture and Environmental Design - various undergraduate and graduate course
Case Western Reserve University
2010 - 2012 SAGES Fellow and Part-Time Lecturer
Designing Urban Green Spaces Course

Recognition of Student Work

2015 Honor Award - AIA Cleveland Design Competition for Reintegration: Proposal for Cleveland’s Opportunity Corridor by J.R. Lennon
2014 Second Place - Dawntown Alternative Mobilities International Design Competition Studio instructor for Mobile Miami team: Matt Dureiko and Jeff Jasinski
2014 Honorable Mention - Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition Design advisor for Second Nature team: Claire Markwardt, Neil Reindel (KSU), Dan Whalen, Abraham Weiner, and Tom Brown (CWRU)
2013 Honorable Mention - Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition Design advisor Active East team: Ian Jones, Claire Markwardt, Neil Reindel (KSU), Greg Soltis (CSU), and Abraham Weiner (CWRU)
2013 Excellence in Student Planning Award - American Planning Association Ohio Chapter Studio instructor for Pop Up Rockwell: Nti Awakessien, Thomas Chesnes, Gabriel Fey, Antonia Marinucci, Thomas Nester, Arthur Schmitt III


2015 Jurca, David. “Pop Up Rockwell.” Tactical Urbanism. Lydon, Mike and Anthony Garcia, eds. Island Press. Publication date: March 2015. ISBN: 978-1610915267
2013 Jurca, David and Brad Valtman, eds. Coldscapes: Design Ideas for Winter Cities. Cleveland: Kent State University, 2013. Print. ISBN: 978-1467592154
2012 Jurca, David. “The Hipp Deck Project.” Doing It Differently. Ed. Legge, Kylie. Australia: Lindsay Yates Group, 2012. Print. ISBN: 978-0-987305404
2011 Jurca, David. “A Parking Garage Becomes Hip for a Day.” Next American City. Web. October 2011.
2011 Schwarz, Terry and David Jurca, eds. Cleveland Stories: True until Proven Otherwise. Cleveland: Kent State University, 2011. Print. ISBN: 978-1607433729

Certifications and Memberships

2015 - present Associate, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
2013 - present Member, Winter Cities Institute
2011 - present Human Subjects Research Curriculum Certificate - Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
2009 ESRI Certification, ArcGIS I
2008 Sustainable Stormwater Management Workshop with Professor J.T. Tourbier, Technische Universität Dresden. Cleveland, OH

Conference Presentations  (Peer Reviewed)

2018 “Fostering Social Equity in Place: A Critical Evaluation and Deep Lessons of Place Attachment from Making Our Own Space (MOOS)” - Jun. 7, 2018
Environmental Design Research Association - Oklahoma City, OK
2017 “Urban Interventions Along A Crooked River” - Oct. 5, 2017
KSU Water and Land Symposium - Kent, OH
2014 “COLDSCAPES: Design Ideas for Winter Cities” - Feb. 13, 2014
International Winter Cycling Congress - Winnipeg, Canada
2012 “Pop Up Rockwell: A Temporary Complete + Green Street Case Study” - Nov. 8, 2012
Context Sensitive Solutions National Dialogue, Center for Transportation and the Environment,
North Carolina State University - Federal Highway Administration - Lansing, MI
2011 “Pop Up City: Temporary Use as Public Engagement” - Oct. 11, 2011
Association of Architecture Organizations - Design in Action Conference - Philadelphia, PA
2009 “Experiential Narrative Designs Through the Lenses of Visual Communicators: Collaborations
Between Urban Design and Photojournalism Students” - April 17, 2009
Western Social Science Association - Albuquerque, NM
Presented interdisciplinary studio with photojournalist Theresa Hernandez


2016 “INDEX Studio: Visions for Cleveland and Havana - Kent, OH (Nov. 14 - 18, 2016)
Exhibition includes projects from spring 2016 graduate studio
2014 “Spontaneous Interventions” Governor’s Island - New York City, NY (May 24 - Sep. 28, 2014)
Exhibition includes Pop Up City projects
2013 “COLDSCAPES” Star Plaza - Cleveland, OH (Nov. 15 - Dec. 15, 2013)
Exhibition of winning entries from the COLDSCAPES Design Competition
“Activate Union Station” Metropolitan Planning Council - Chicago, IL (Aug. 24 - Sep. 2, 2013)
Winning installation Blah Blah Blob! with Latent Design on public display in Union Station
“Spontaneous Interventions” Chicago Cultural Center - Chicago, IL (May 24 - Sep. 1, 2013)
Exhibition includes Pop Up City book and projects
2012 “Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good” Venice Biennale of
Architecture, U.S. Pavilion - Venice, Italy (Aug. 29 - Nov. 25, 2012)
Exhibition includes Pop Up City book and projects
2012 “Life in the Street: Reclaiming Public Space”
SXSW Eco - Austin, TX
“Pop Up Rockwell: Temporary Use & Public Engagement”
University of Texas, School of Architecture - Austin, TX
2011 “Cleveland Stories” Reinberger Gallery, Cleveland Institute of Art (April 1 - April 30, 2011)
Exhibition includes commissioned works from the Cleveland Stories project
2011 “Designing Neighborhoods by Building Community”
Global Cleveland Summit - Cleveland, OH

Research Grants + Fellowships (total awarded: $350,000+)

2016 Project Support Grant - Saint Luke’s Foundation
“Making Our Own Space (MOOS) Youth Build Workshop”
City of Shaker Heights
“Making Our Own Space (MOOS) Youth Build Program in Moreland”
Cleveland Foundation’s Minority Arts and Education Fund (MAEF)
“Making Our Own Stories Youth Podcast”
2014 Project Support Grant - Saint Luke’s Foundation
“Public Space Youth Build Workshop”
Project Support Grant - Ohio Arts Council
“COLDSCAPES 2.0: Seasonally Responsive Infrastructure” competition and symposium
2013 Next City Vanguard Fellowship
National REACH Coalition Grant - YMCA of Greater Cleveland
“Eastside Connectivity Plan” physical activity and the built environment research
Project Support Grant - Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
“Center for Outdoor Living Design (COLD) Initiative” research and exhibition
2012 Summer Research Grant - KSU College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Funded research with Adil Sharag-Eldin and Sagree Sharma
“Mapping Outdoor Urban Livability Conditions”

Design Competitions

Competition Recognition
2013 Winner - Activate Union Station Competition, The Metropolitan Planning Council - Chicago, IL
BlahBlahBlob! with Katherine Darnstadt
2011 Winning entry - Life at the Speed of Rail Competition, Van Alen Institute - Washington D.C.
2009 Winning entry - Neighborhood Watch Video Competition, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
Pop Up City
Competition Organizing and Planning
2016 COLDSCAPES: Adapt - International Design Competition
2013 COLDSCAPES: Design Ideas for Winter Cities - International Design Competition
2007 - present Cleveland Design Competition, organizing partner
Competition Jury Invitations
2012 See Also Public Art Competition. Cleveland Public Library and LAND Studio
Juried competition to select artwork for CPL’s Eastman Reading Garden

Community Involvement

Franklin Garden Design Committee

Member, SPACES World Artist Program Committee

Member, The Cleveland Bike Rack Advisory Committee

Member, Friends of the Joseph M. Gallagher School

Member, SC2019 Sustainable Transportation Action Team

Founding Member, The Cleveland Coalition

Member, Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Steering Committee


Media Coverage

National Press & Magazine Articles
2016 "MOOS Teens to Shake Up IngenuityFest." Freshwater. Douglas J. Guth. August 2016. Link>
"Crooked River Commute rolls on—to Buring River Fest." Cleveland Plain Dealer. James Ewinger. August 2016. Link>
"Survey says Tremont residents want South Branch library reopened." Cleveland Plain Dealer. Steven Litt. May 2015. Link>
2014 "City Ambassadors: 7 People Changing the Conversation about Cleveland." Freshwater. Nikki Delamotte. December 2014. Link>.
"Kent State grad students take second place in international design competition (with video)." Crain's Cleveland Business. Scott Suttell. June 19, 2014. Link>
"Bright futures envisioned for Kinsman, Duck Island, and West 65th Street neighborhoods in Cleveland." The Plain Dealer. Steven Litt. May 3, 2014. Link>

“Bright futures envisioned for Kinsman, Duck Island, and West 65th Street neighborhoods in Cleveland”, The Plain Dealer, Steven Litt, May 3, 2014.

2013 “New Design Center Makes Cold Weather Cool.” Scene Magazine. April 2013

“Second Hinterlands Uses Plowed Snow to Create Public Winter Wonderlands”, Jess Baker,, December 31, 2013. wonderland-noel-turgeon-natalya-egon-20131230

“Second Hinterlands Proposal Poses Urban Snow as an Asset, Not a Nuisance”,, Scott Kelly, December 18,2013. 

“A Creative Plan to Turn Chicago’s Massive Snowfall Into a Winter Playground”,, Jillian Wong, December 16, 2013. A-Winter-Playground/?interstital_shown=1 

“Opportunity Corridor falls short for neighborhoods, says group hosting public meetings this weekend”, The Plain Dealer, Alison Grant, December 13, 2013.

“Forget Snowplows: Let’s Turn Snow from the Next Winter Storm into Giant Forts”, Fast Company Online, Adele Peters, December 11, 2013. storm-into-giant-forts

“Suite Life: House Trends”, Cleveland Magazine, December 2013. C&nm=Article+Archives&type=Publishing&mod=Publications::Article&mid=1578600D80804 596A222593669321019&tier=4&id=BF40AFDBC50E4D0099DCD28E39ABB9E0

“Instead of Plowing Snow, What If We Shaped It Into Fun Climbing Mountains of Dunes?”, The Atlantic Cities, John Metcalfe, November 26, 2013. climbing-mountains-or-dunes/7701/

2012 “Blogging from SXSW Eco: Cleveland Takes the Stage” GreenCityBlueLake

  “Pop Up City included in the U.S. exhibit at the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture”
ARCHITECT Magazine. August 2012

2009  “Happening Places” article in Cleveland Magazine on Pop Up City’s early projects, Sep. 2009

2006 “The Incredible Shrinking City.” Metropolis Magazine. May 2006 

University News and Articles

2014 “Kent State Architecture Graduate Students Earn High Honor in International Design Competition”,, Emily Komorowski, June 18, 2014. international-design-competition?utm_content=buffer9fd26&utm_medium=social&utm_

“Lecturer aspires to find design solutions for cold cities”,, Justin Sheil, March 6, 2014.

2013 “Urban Design Students Win Award for Pop Up Rockwell Project”
Kent State University E-Inside, December 4, 2013

2013 “Student Team Performs Strongly in Urban Design Competition”
Kent State University E-Inside, March 25, 2013


David Jurca
Principal, Seventh Hill
Office: 216.532.3825