Coastal Resilience Design Studio

The Coastal Resilience Design Studio (CRDS) at the University of Delaware is an interdisciplinary team of student designers, researchers, and engineers exploring creative and thoughtful solutions to the many challenges facing Delaware’s coastal communities.

The CRDS aims to equip communities with tools, designs, and adaptation strategies intended to mitigate disruptions from short-term hazardous events and long-term environmental changes.

For more information on the work of the CRDS, please explore this website.

Currently, the CRDS is working with Little Creek, DE to develop a conceptual master plan that includes a stormwater strategy, traffic and connection solutions, and commercial opportunities. Review the recent work here.

If you would like to find out how you can get involved in the efforts of the CRDS, contact Instructor Zach Hammaker at

“Working with the CRDS has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life thus far. I have grown both personally and professionally thanks to my fellow team members and all individuals I have been fortunate enough to meet through the CRDS. Collaborating with Delaware communities and professional agencies provided valuable lessons about the iterative nature of design as well as the importance of communication. Countless presentations have improved my public speaking and ability to think on my feet. The opportunities to learn these lessons and develop these skills are what makes the CRDS so rewarding. Thank you again to my fellow CRDS members and especially Dr. Jules Bruck for this incredible opportunity.” – Mark Switliski, UD Civil Engineering, September 2020
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