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Working Toward a Better Future

Working Toward a Better Future


We inspire individuals, organizations, and communities to create healthy and sustainable futures.


Our mission is to study, disseminate, and implement ideas and technologies that improve the theory and practice of quality growth.

Catherine Ross

Catherine Ross Reappointed to Title of Regents Professor

The University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents (BOR) appointed 12 Georgia Tech faculty members to Regents Professors and Regents Researchers.

Baabak Ashuri and Catherine Ross

What You Need to Know: Bipartisan Infrastructure Agreement

Baabak Ashuri and Catherine Ross are two of our resident College of Design infrastructure experts. Their expertise in transportation and infrastructure has come up a number of times in the last few weeks as Congress has debated the infrastructure package. When we saw the bipartisan agreement on the infrastructure package that was announced on Thursday, June 24, we called Ashuri and Ross to get their take.

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Linking Transportation, Housing, & Health in Infrastructure

Catherine Ross Tells U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee How to Redesign

Ross discussed central issues about transportation and equity in an engaging conversation with members of the House Committee on Appropriations Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee.

Our Research

CQGRD conducts research related to five program areas: Air Quality and the Natural Environment; Community Design; Healthy Places; Land Development and Regional Governance; and Transportation and Infrastructure. Our research team has expertise that spans each of these and related program areas. This allows us to address many critical issues, develop state of the art approaches to problem solving, and deliver timely analyses and results.

We work with a variety of organizations to develop unique solutions to many emerging and current challenges and opportunities confronting the places in which we live.


CGQRD is proud to work with several partners to deliver a variety of educational and outreach programs. Through these collaborations CQGRD delivers programs designed to educate public officials, researchers, and the general public about important urban issues; promote social equity; and improve the practice of urban planning.

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Ann Hoevel

Director of Communications 
College of Design 
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