The MUD program is centered on a core sequence of three studios and seminars through which students develop the skills to make design proposals for a diverse range of urban conditions within the contemporary metropolitan landscape. Urban design is approached through a full range of scales: from the mega-region to the district, from the district to the street, and ultimately, to the design of the public realm as the place of lively and vibrant community life.
Our program leads to a STEM-designated, post-professional Master of Urban Design degree, for individuals holding professional degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, or planning with an emphasis on physical design of the built environment who are interested in issues of the metropolitan landscape.
The program is 42 credits, spread over the course of two semesters plus the summer.
A49 711: Elements of Urban Design
A49 656: Metropolitan Urbanism
A49 652H: Metropolitan Development
A49 562H: Informal Cities Workshop
A49 713: Metropolitan Design Elements
A49 658: Metropolitan Sustainability
A49 4102: Lively City Masterclass
A49 714: Global Urbanism
A49 690: Urban Design Research Theories & Methods
711: Elements of Urban Design Studio (Fall)
713: Metropolitan Design Elements Studio (Spring)
714: Global Urbanism Studio (Summer)
Students have the opportunity to establish areas of concentration through three urban design electives in related areas within the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, as well as through the schools of Law, Business, Engineering, and Social Work (which includes the Institute for Public Health). With faculty approval, students can craft an individualized experience according to their interests and needs through the combination of electives.