cityLab is an urban design center at the University of California, Los Angeles; it was initiated in 2006 with a generous gift to UCLA to support a series of projects concerned with contemporary urban issues, urban design, and the architecture of the city. Specifically, cityLAB was charged with exploring the challenges facing the 21 st century metropolis through research and design, expanding the possibilities for our cities to grow more livable, sustainable, and beautiful.

cityLAB aims its investigations to comprise rigorous scholarship as well as practical implication, design and theory, formal exploration of cultural and political consequence. While cityLAB begins at UCLA, it will grow outside Los Angeles and beyond the university.

The director of cityLAB is Dr. Dana Cuff, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, and Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA; co-director is Roger Sherman; the associate director is Harrison (Tim) Higgins.