UDP International is an award-winning integrated planning and design boutique firm based in Hong Kong, with offices in Hong Kong, Hyderabad and San Francisco. With a human-centred urban design and place making approach, we align development goals with stakeholder requirements and proven design services in order to create win-win scenarios that unlock long-term environmental, economic and social sustainability.
UDP International was founded in Southern California in 1993 by Dr. Sujata S. Govada around the concept of Shaping Better Cities through context and pedestrian-sensitive design and planning. Official operations began in 1994 after relocating the firm’s headquarters to Hong Kong. Since then, UDP International has expanded its presence with offices in Hyderabad, India, and in San Francisco, California. Our work spans Hong Kong, China, the Philippines, India, the United States and beyond. As our Founding and Managing Director, Dr. Govada has been instrumental in our success and expansion, and delivery of innovative and sustainable solutions to our property investment and development, government and NGO clients.
Strategic & Master Planning
Strategic & Master Planning spearhead the development process and set the stage for effective strategic visioning and policy framework that shape the development and transformation of a city. We offer: Strategic Planning; Visioning; Policy Framework; Concept Master Planning; and Detailed Master Planning Services.
Urban Design & Place Making
Planning with an Urban Design & Place Making emphasis results in a more coherent urban form and structure, ensuring heritage conservation, cultural continuity, pedestrian and transit-oriented development, sensitive urban regeneration, and ultimately ensuring urban vibrancy. We offer: Urban Design Analysis; Urban Design Concept Development; Urban Design Strategy Formulation; and Place Making Strategies.
Planning Applications & Development Feasibility
Planning Applications & Development Feasibility support potential new developments and redevelopments for government approval. We undertake: Applications for Change of Use, Re-Zoning, and Building Heights Relaxation; Planning Appeals; Client Representation and Expert Witness Services; and Development Potential Analysis, Hotel Feasibility Analysis and Market Studies.
Architecture, Interiors & Landscape Design
Architecture, Interiors & Landscape Design, through our collaborative approach with a focus on the human experience, allow us to create innovative and sustainable built environments. In these fields, we offer: Concept and Schematic Design; Detailed Design; and Project Management Services.
Community Outreach & Public Engagement
UDP International creates sensible and sustainable urban development and redevelopments that are sensitive to community aspirations through effective Community Outreach & Public Engagement. We offer: Community Outreach and Public Engagement Strategies and Undertake Design Charrettes, Workshops and Public Forums.
Place Branding & Marketing
Using a place-based approach, our integrated design works at the regional, city, district, neighborhood and street scale, considering the impacts of engineering, transportation planning, and other related disciplines in formulating effective Place Branding & Marketing Strategies to create an overall sense of place. We offer: Brand Strategy Development; Place Branding; Themed Concepts; and Place Marketing Strategies.
Design Review & Guidelines
UDP International is often engaged to review master plans and designs, as well as to develop design guidelines for new development and redevelopments. We offer: Strategic Plan Review; Master Plan Review; Urban Design Review; Architectural, Interiors and Landscape Design Review; and Urban Design and Landscape Guidelines.
UDP International is engaged by private real estate investment and development firms, and government entities to undertake various impact assessments of proposed developments. We offer: Visual Impact Assessments; Environmental Impact Assessments; Landscape Impact Assessments; Heritage Impact Assessments and Social Impact Assessments.
Sustainability & Research
At UDP International, we are dedicated to enhancing sustainability – socially, environmentally and economically. We also are committed to continuous improvement and thus undertake various research initiatives. Please contact us to partner on research initiatives.