Bruce Race, FAIA, FAICP, PhD is the principal and founder of RACESTUDIO and is responsible for all aspects of project planning, design and delivery. Since founding RACESTUDIO in Berkeley, CA in 1994, his projects have received 33 design and planning awards including national awards from the American Institute of Architects, American Planning Association, Environmental Protection Agency and Society of College and University Planning. The Long Range Development Plan for UC Merced received a national 2012 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award, and the Owings Award for Environmental Excellence, from the California Architectural Foundation in 2013.

Dr. Race is active in professional design and planning organizations. He has presented at over 100 conferences. On behalf of the American Planning Association (APA), Dr. Race co-authored a book providing planners and educators case studies and methods for getting young people involved in the planning process.

In 2015, Dr. Race joined the Gerald D. Hines School of Architecture as Director of University of Houston’s newly created Center for Sustainability and Resilience (CeSAR). Prior to joining UH, Dr. Race was an Associate Professor of Practice and a full-time faculty for Ball State University’s Master of Urban Design program in Indianapolis. His design talent, practice experience, and research interests intersect in his classroom studios where he emphasizes community engagement and design innovation grounded by real world experience.

Dr. Race received his PhD from Cardiff University’s Welsh School of Architecture where has been a visiting research fellow, faculty in The Master in Urban Design (MaUD) program, and an instructor in the Low Carbon Architecture Summer Program.

Bruce Race is one of very few planning and design professionals in the United States that have been elected to fellowship by both the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP). In 2012, Dr. Race received the Planning Sagamore from APA Indiana recognizing his accomplishments “as a model planner before the public and the planning profession.”

Dr. Race serves on the ICE Publishing Urban Design Proceedings Editorial Panel, Institution of Civic Engineers, London, UK.


Dr. Race has served in leadership positions with the American Institute of Architects at the local, state and national levels. He served on the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association Board of Directors for 13 years including two terms as vice president. Dr. Race was on the founding Board of Directors for the Great Valley Center, an organization that strives to enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of California's Central Valley. He currently is a member of AIA’s national Regional Urban Design Committee.


Bruce Race received his PhD from the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, Wales with a research focus on climate action planning at the local level. He received his Bachelor in Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies from Ball State University where he was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal (1980), the Community Based Projects Award (1980), and Distinguished Alumnus Award (1999). In 2007 he was a Ball State University, Emens Distinguished Professor.

Professional Registration and Certification

Dr. Race is a registered architect in the state of California and certified by the American Planning Association as a member of the APA's professional institute (American Institute of Certified Planners).

Selected Projects

Sacramento Downtown Urban Design Plan, Sacramento, California

Capitol Park Neighborhood Design Plan, Sacramento, California

Cultural and Entertainment District Plan, Sacramento, California

South Downtown Plan, Reno, Nevada

Downtown Davis and Traditional Residential Neighborhoods, Davis, California

Community-wide Housing Strategy, Santa Cruz, California

Downtown Glendale Infill Development Planning, Glendale, California

Cultural District Plan, Johnson City, Tennessee

Downtown Plan, Canton, Ohio

Village of East Davenport Master Plan, Davenport, IA

Downtown Design Guidelines and Development Standards, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tahoe Basin Regional Plan Update, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

San Joaquin Valley Regional Blueprint, Central California

General Plan Update, San Pablo, California

General Plan Update, Union City, California

General Plan Update, Stockton, California

Elverta Village Specific Plan, Sacramento County, California

Commercial and Mixed-use Community Design Guidelines, Sacramento, County, California

Fair Oaks Boulevard Corridor Plan, Sacramento County, California

East Lonetree Specific Plan, Antioch, California

Auburn Boulevard Specific Plan, Citrus Heights, California

"R" Street Corridor Plan, Sacramento, California

Stockton Boulevard Infill Strategies, Sacramento, CA

16th Street Design Plan, Sacramento, California

Broadway/Stockton Urban Design Plan, Sacramento

Modesto Redevelopment Area Master Plan, Modesto, California

Central Stockton Plan, Stockton, California

Downtown Housing Strategy, Stockton, California

Mid Market Concept Plan, San Francisco, California

Pasadena Urban Design Plan, Pasadena, California

Sunnyvale Downtown Plan, Sunnyvale, California

Downtown Mixed-use Plan, Napa, California

East Downtown Visalia Strategic Plan, Visalia, California

Downtown Livermore Urban Design Plan, Livermore, California

Downtown Renaissance Plan, St. Helena, California

Community Urban Design Plan, Calistoga, California

Oakland-Broadway Corridor Study, Oakland, California

Downtown Oakland Revitalization Plan, Oakland, California

Jefferson Area Redevelopment Strategy, Fresno, California

Porterville Redevelopment Strategic Plan, Porterville, California

Riverside Airport Area Strategy, Riverside, California

North First Street, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California

Hilltop Redevelopment Plan, Signal Hill, California

South Gateway Development Area, El Cerrito, California

Gateway District Vision Framework, Napa, California

Highway 198 Vision Plan, Visalia, California

Sylvan Corners Redevelopment Concept Plan, Citrus Heights, California

West Lake-MacArthur Park Metro Station, Los Angeles, California

Hill Street-Metro Assessment, Los Angeles, California

Curtis Park West Design Plan and Guidelines, Sacramento, California

Ohlone/Chynoweth Transit Station Area Plan, San Jose, California

Pedley Metro Link Station Area Plan, Riverside County, California

Downtown Transit Strategy, Main Street Super Stop, Houston, Texas

Union Pacific Depot Master Plan, Salt Lake City, Utah

Union Terminal Entertainment and Retail Plan, Denver, Colorado 

Intermodal Station Area Plan, Sacramento, California

Flatiron Neighborhood Design Guidelines, Boulder, Colorado

Carmel-by-the-Sea Traditions Project, Carmel, California 

Minden Plan for Prosperity, Minden, Nevada

Gardnerville Plan for Prosperity, Gardnerville, NV

Residential Design Guidelines, Napa, California

Residential Design Guidelines, Watsonville, California

Accessory Dwelling Unit Manual, Santa Cruz, California

Abajo/Fuller Park Neighborhood Guidelines, Napa, California

Preservation Design Guidelines, Truckee, California

Downtown River Revitalization Strategy, Truckee, California

Neighborhood Revitalization Strategies, Sacramento, California

University Village Guidelines, Albany, California

Franklin Villa Revitalization Plan, Sacramento, California

San Jose State University Environs Housing Study, San Jose, California

Evergreen Community College Asset Management Plan, San Jose, California

UC Merced Long Range Development Plan, Merced, California

University Community Plan, Merced, CA

Physical Sciences Complex Master Plan, University of California, Berkeley, California

Community Health Campus Master Plan, University of California, Berkeley, California

Clark County Community College, West Charleston Campus Master Plan, Las Vegas, Nevada

Civic Center Plan, Las Vegas, Nevada

Civic Center Master Plan, Visalia, California

City Hall Consolidation Strategy, Napa, California

Civic Center Master Plan, Sacramento, California

Civic Center Master Plan and Downtown Concept Plan, Roseville, California

Del Mar Community Center Plan, Del Mar, California

San Diego Civic Center Site Strategies, San Diego, California

Legislative Office Complex Master Plan, Sacramento, California

Marin General Hospital, Greenbrea, California

Mt. Diablo Medical Building, Concord, California

Brigham and Womens Hospital Master Plan, Boston, Massachusetts

Regional Medical District Community Plan, Tyler, Texas

MCA/Universal Citywalk Studies, Hollywood, California

Genentech Site Planning and Programming, So. San Francisco, California

Bandar Penawar New Town, Johor, Malaysia

Resort Community Plan, Oita, Japan

Retail and Entertainment Center Plans, Davo City, Cebu, and Manila, Philippines

Waterfront Plan, Colon, Panama

Indianapolis Neighborhood Strategies, VISTA Volunteer, Staff Planner, City of Indianapolis, Indiana

Selected Clients

Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, CA

City of Sacramento Downtown Department, CA

Capitol Area Development Authority, Sacramento, CA

Johnson City Development Authority, TN

City of Ann Arbor, MI

City of Canton, OH

City of Flagstaff, AZ

City of Boulder, CO

Davenport, IA

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

City of Napa, CA

El Cerrito Redevelopment Agency, CA

City of Citrus Heights, CA

City of Davis, CA

City of Visalia, CA

City of San Pablo, CA

City of Danville, CA

City of Glendale, CA

City of Pasadena, CA

City of Union City, CA

City of Reno, NV

Town of Truckee, CA

Marin County, CA

Sacramento County, CA

Douglas County, NV

Bay Area Rapid Transit, Oakland, CA

Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority, San Jose, CA

University of California, Berkeley, CA

University of California, Merced, CA

San Francisco State University, CA

CalPERS, Sacramento, CA

Union Pacific Railroad, San Francisco, CA

Genentech, South San Francisco, CA

Post Properties, TX

Hopi Tribe, AZ