Seventh Hill is a design consultancy dedicated to transforming people and places through measurable experiences.
Legend says great cities are built on seven hills. From ancient Rome to modern Seattle, from sacred Mecca to growing Kampala, dozens of cities around the world claim this same mark of greatness. Combining myth and metric, the story of seven hills has endured for centuries. It describes one meaningful relationship between people and place. But as urban environments evolve, what are the various ways to measure their success?
We believe great places are made from well-designed personal and physical relationships. Relationships are built during everyday life, but are also affected by the design process. Community events, memorable stories, and design experiences have the potential to transform both people and places. Integrating physical, digital, and social interactions, we design environments to help clients guide change—to reach their seventh hill.
How can we take action together?
Public Engagement Strategies
Charrette & Workshop Facilitation
Urban Design & Placemaking
User Experience Research
Cold Weather & Winter Design
Underrepresented Stakeholder Engagement
Project Evaluation Metrics
Photo & Video Documentation
Urban Sensor Data
3D Renderings & Visuals
Augmented / Virtual Reality
Elevate The East: Connecting Art + People
Launched in 2019, Elevate The East is a public art planning process spanning several neighborhoods on Cleveland’s Eastside served by Burten, Bell, Carr Development Corporation. The project incorporates creative civic engagement methods to gather meaningful insights from community members of all ages. The historic research, site analysis, and community priorities generated will guide the key themes and project locations for public art investments in the neighborhoods. Seventh Hill led a multi-disciplinary design team including visual communication firm Agnes Studio, architectural designer Clifford Herring, French Lamb Design Studio, and community engagement specialists Arlene Watson, De’Angelo Knuckles, and Derick Barnes.
Seventh Hill is led by David Jurca, an urban designer with over 11 years of professional experience guiding real-world projects and academic research.
Prior to starting Seventh Hill, David was Associate Director at Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, where he managed client projects at a range of scales, from city-wide redevelopment plans to tactical urbanism events. His work has been recognized with awards from the American Planning Association, American Institute of Architects, and Environmental Design Research Association. Internationally, David's design projects were exhibited by Chicago's Metropolitan Planning Council, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Van Alen Institute, Havana's Fabrica de Arte Cubano, and the Venice Biennale of Architecture. David is also an invited speaker on topics including, public placemaking, design for winter cities, urban data, and innovative community engagement methods.
In 2013, David launched COLDSCAPES.org and co-edited the book "Coldscapes: Design Ideas for Winter Cities" to spur creative urbanism and livability year-round. He also co-founded Design Diversity, an initiative to promote people of color in architecture and design professions in Northeast Ohio. In support of Design Diversity’s mission, David started Making Our Own Space (MOOS), a youth design program that trains students to envision and build their own public space improvements.
During his academic faculty experience, David taught graduate urban design studios, community charrette courses, and advised Master of Urban Design capstone projects. He developed the International Design Exchange (INDEX) graduate studio at KSU's College of Architecture + Environmental Design, an urban design course focused on waterfront redevelopment sites around the world. In recent years, his global urbanism research focused on redevelopment projects in Cuba and Romania. In addition to teaching at Kent State, David also created the Designing Urban Green Spaces course at Case Western Reserve University as a part-time lecturer in the SAGES program.
David is Chair of the City of Cleveland’s Near West Design Review Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for Canalway Partners. An outdoor enthusiast, David enjoys birding, running, and kayaking to explore the cities he visits. Locally, he founded the Crooked River Commute, an annual 50-mile paddling journey from Kent to Cleveland along the Cuyahoga River. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from The Ohio State University and received his Master of Architecture from Kent State University.
For inquiries, speaking requests, or project collaborations, please get in touch.
6311 Franklin Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44102
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