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Chair Derek Hoeferlin leads students on a tour of the St. Louis waterfront in front of the Eads Bridge.
St. Louis waterfront tour near the Eads Bridge. Photo: Hallie Nolan.
In the Master of Urban Design program, students focus on how to transform cities for the 21st century as active and informed participants. Our innovative structure allows students to pursue advanced design and research while developing a rigorous theoretical and professional foundation.
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Our program leads to a STEM-designated, post-professional Master of Urban Design degree. Learn about degree requirements and our core studio sequence.

Dual & Joint Degrees

Pursue a dual degree from either the Master of Architecture program or the Master of Landscape Architecture program, or a joint degree from the Master of Social Work program.

Global Urbanism Studio

This immersive, summer-long experience provides students the opportunity to study significant global cities in comparative perspective.

Events & Workshops

Public lectures and a pair of annual workshops—Informal Cities and The Lively City—promote engagement with outside practitioners from around the world.


Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields—and they are deeply committed to teaching each and every student.
A map highlighting the Chouteou Greenway with call-outs to intersections with various neighborhoods
+STL: Growing an Urban Mosaic, finalist proposal for Chouteau Greenway competition, co-led by [dhd] derek hoeferlin design, TLS Landscape Architecture & OBJECT TERRITORIES. Team members included urban design faculty Derek Hoeferlin, Linda C. Samuels, Paola Aguirre-Serrano (visiting faculty), and Michael Allen.

School-Produced Publications

Approach 2019–2020 provides a substantive look inside the Sam Fox School’s Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design during the 2019–20 academic year. It showcases the full range of the curriculum across the graduate architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design programs, from the core studio sequence and seminars, to advanced options studios and the final degree project. Studio descriptions are paired with select images of student work covering a wide range of thematic areas, including building technology, cultural arts, ecology, housing, digital and analog fabrication, history, socially engaged practice, and urban sustainability. Approach also highlights key moments in the life of the school, including faculty publications and public programs.

Quick index: Master of Architecture program work (page 62 of online document), Master of Landscape Architecture program work (page 492), and Master of Urban Design program work (page 588).

Recent Student Work