Masters Programs in Urban Design

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Urban Design

Urban design is arguably as old as human civilization itself. Although it hadn't been referred to as ""urban design"" per se, key urban design practices and technologies have been integral in the creation of human settlements and ancient metropolises that have continued to amaze present-day urban designers, archaeologists and the rest of humanity alike.

For instance, the thoughtful design of thoroughfares has been always essential to the economic life of cities. Getting from point A to point B in the geographic sense is more than just a question of having a roadworthy means of transport; more so, having efficiently designed road systems and mass transport is really what cuts the cake.

Holders of a Master in Urban Design do more than just transport systems, of course. Sewage and waste disposal, for another, are also problems that urban designers must face when planning a city. All these three aforementioned factors (i.e., transportation, sewage and waste disposal), among many other equally significant factors, must be designed with geographic considerations in mind. Things like elevation from the sea, climate conditions, risk of earthquake or landslide and more are perennial things that make city planning a unique affair for each city in question. Truly, a Master in Urban Design program is an interdisciplinary field which develops professionals that we cannot live without.

At present, urban designers play significant role in solving day-to-day problems of cities, big and small. Outside government, they are also actively employed in the private sector by land developers and construction companies for similar endeavors."

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Online Master of Construction Management

NewSchool of Architecture and Design
Online Full time 1 year October 2017 USA San Diego

As construction projects grow increasingly complex, so does the demand for specialized management level personnel. NewSchool’s fully online Master of Construction Management prepares students to thrive in this role and excel in various professions revolving around the built environment. Along with basic instruction around all segments of the construction industry, this program places particular emphasis on developing skills as a business manager prepared for the construction trade’s current and future challenges. [+]

Masters in Urban Design. As construction projects grow increasingly complex, so does the demand for specialized management level personnel. NewSchool’s fully online Master of Construction Management prepares students to thrive in this role and excel in various professions revolving around the built environment. Along with basic instruction around all segments of the construction industry, this program places particular emphasis on developing skills as a business manager prepared for the construction trade’s current and future challenges. [-]

MArch in Architectural Design (International)

University of Strathclyde: Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Glasgow Denmark Aalborg Germany Hamburg + 4 more

This two-year course is for international students who are looking for a challenging programme of study that meets the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2 educational criteria. The course runs parallel to the MArch/Pg Diploma in Advanced Architectural Design. It shares the same curriculum so you’ll join students on this course in an exciting and challenging environment. [+]

MArch in Architectural Design (International) This two-year course is for international students who are looking for a challenging programme of study that meets the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2 educational criteria. The course runs parallel to the MArch/Pg Diploma in Advanced Architectural Design. It shares the same curriculum so you’ll join students on this course in an exciting and challenging environment. You’ll develop skills in advanced design, analysis and architectural critique designing complex buildings in a variety of contexts and addressing social, cultural and environmental issues. This course demands a high level of design ability and self-motivation. You’ll study Year 1 The first year of study is centred on consolidating your architectural design skills. You’ll be introduced to the idea of architecture as a responsive solution to fundamental social issues. You'll take a subject class in an area of expertise aligned to the research in the department and research and produce a dissertation on a topic of personal interest related to design. Year 2 You’ll undertake a significant architectural project on which you're required to take a standpoint on contemporary architectural issues. This is developed through a theme that reflects your own interests and creative ambitions and is supported by subject classes. You’ll also attend a taught course in professional studies and a series of guest lectures. Students progressing from the Diploma to Masters undertake an additional semester of study to pursue an aspect of the thesis project to a greater level of detail. Study trips provide... [-]

Master of Design (MDes) Urban Environments Design

HK PolyU School of Design
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Hong Kong Kowloon

The Master of Design (Urban Environments Design) draws on the contemporary Hong Kong/China urban experience to offer a unique postgraduate education in urban space design. [+]

Masters in Urban Design. The Master of Design (Urban Environments Design) draws on the contemporary Hong Kong/China urban experience to offer a unique postgraduate education in urban space design. In line with the School’s human-centered critical approach to environment design, this studio-based specialism integrates the design of multiple scales and typologies of urban environments. Urban Environments Design focuses on the analysis and design of hybrid and composite interior environments, urban public spaces and urban systems and strategies. Aims This full-time international postgraduate programme responds to the unprecedented urban transformations occurring during the past few decades in Hong Kong and China. Urban Environments Design aims at the development of a high level of intellectual and practical mastery of the analysis and design of diverse urban environments in the region, with broader implications for urban contexts worldwide. The approach of the Urban Environments Design is based on an understanding of socio-cultural dynamics of the regional context transferred into new design strategies and design interventions. Objectives This specialism seeks to unite practical approaches for innovation in urban strategies with formal aspects of urban environment design, through: Real-world project development Teamwork approaches to problem solving Socio-cultural and aesthetic considerations Reflecting critically and analytically on the urban environment value creation by design within the urban environment A critical understanding of contemporary urban transformations in China Definition of strategic approaches to urban environment design Entrance Requirement A Bachelor’s degree in a spatial design field or the equivalent in a related discipline (e.g. interior design, environment design,... [-]

Master of Architecture Professional Degree Program

School of Architecture - Syracuse University
Campus Full time 42 months August 2017 USA Syracuse

The Master of Architecture is a 110 credit 3 year first-professional degree program that aims to prepare future architects to provide leadership and vision in the construction of the physical environment, and to collaboratively draw upon and organize diverse professions and multiple technologies to expand the field of architectural design. [+]

The Master of Architecture is a 110 credit 3 year first-professional degree program that aims to prepare future architects to provide leadership and vision in the construction of the physical environment, and to collaboratively draw upon and organize diverse professions and multiple technologies to expand the field of architectural design. Research is an integral part of the M.Arch course of study, from first-year courses in design, theory, history, media, and technology, to the final semester’s directed research project. The program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and currently ranked #8 in the country by Design Intelligence. Our faculty members are recognized for their level of commitment to each student’s progress as well as their professional achievements. The faculty is comprised of published scholars, award-winning designers, funded researchers, and active professionals. Curriculum Studios in design and media, lecture courses and seminars in theory and history, and courses in structures and technology during the first three semesters of the M.Arch curriculum constitute the “core” of the program. The final four semesters, including a summer intensive term, offer distinct experiences. In the fourth semester, all students have the option to select from a range of studios taught by distinguished visiting professors. Students who have been awarded with advanced standing based on architectural study at the undergraduate level have the option of studying abroad at the University’s centers in Florence and London or at the University’s Fisher Center in New York City. In the summer of the second year, students can... [-]

Integrated Master's in Architecture

University of Minho - School of Arquitecture
Campus Full time 5 years September 2017 Portugal Guimarães

MIARQ's main objective is the training of skilled professionals in the pursuit of professional activities in Architecture, Urban Planning, Urban Design, Rehabilitation and Building Maintenance. [+]

Masters in Urban Design. Academic degree: Bachelor (Bologna 1st cycle degree), Master's degree ECTS: 300 Duration: 10 curricular semesters Regime: Normal Place: Azurém Campus, Guimarães Main Scientific area: Architecture INTEGRATED MASTER’S | 5 YEARS The Integrated Master’s in Architecture enables the exercise of professional activity in Architecture. In order to do so, it seeks to promote "integrated knowledge" and the formation of a design methodology, both essential to the practice of architecture in its various aspects: Architecture, Urbanism, Urban Design, Rehabilitation and Building Maintenance. The students’ creativity is encouraged, sensitizing them to the specific socio-cultural environment in which they operate and their ability to communicate the fundamentals of the work in progress. The students must demonstrate critical thinking, ability to work in a team, ethical values of citizenship and environmental awareness. Careers The architects graduated by the Minho University can pursue their professional activity in architecture, rehabilitation and maintenance of buildings, urban design, urban planning and management, higher education and research, working as independent professionals or as employees in public institutions and private companies. They are also qualified to teach at various levels of education. [-]

Master in Interior Architecture

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik - USEK
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Lebanon Jounieh

The Master in Interior Design gives the student a professional training level based on creativity, professionalism, and also upon the acquisition of knowledge and skills. To design a project is to set sensitive and creative intellectual and artistic relations between space and light, materials, colors, equipment, furniture, objects and users. [+]

The Master in Interior Design gives the student a professional training level based on creativity, professionalism, and also upon the acquisition of knowledge and skills. To design a project is to set sensitive and creative intellectual and artistic relations between space and light, materials, colors, equipment, furniture, objects and users. Program Structure Studies leading to the Master in Interior Design are organized around three specialization options: Interior Design Architecture, Product Design and Scenography. Each option is a place for reflection, synthesis and creation, of which the workshop project is the main part of the training. The courses and seminars allow the student to deepen their proficiency in specialized areas under the guidance of professionals. They will broaden their fields of application through a multidisciplinary approach and develop their versatility through these student workshops, planned on themes related to interior architecture, design, landscape, theater and new technologies of communication etc. They also fit the student's work in its human and social context. The minimum duration to obtain a Master in Interior (Master in Interior Architecture) is two years. The training program includes a minimum of 42 credits distributed as follows: 36 mandatory specialization courses (Interior Design, Product Design or Scenography) 6 elective courses according to the specialization Job Opportunities Self-employed: independent or multidisciplinary combination Offices of architecture, interior design or state agencies Furniture design Textile design Design objects: lamps, etc... Theater scenography [-]

Master of Architecture

UCD College of Engineering and Architecture
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Ireland Dublin

This two year programme fulfils the requirements for the second part of professional education in architecture (RIBA and RIAI accredited). It equips students to deal with complex design problems in challenging contexts. [+]

Masters in Urban Design. Master of Architecture Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120) This two year programme fulfils the requirements for the second part of professional education in architecture (RIBA and RIAI accredited). It equips students to deal with complex design problems in challenging contexts. Through studio projects, academic writing and practical experiments it develops professional capacities while placing equal emphasis on research and critical enquiry. This programme is accredited by the profesional institute in Ireland (RIAI) and the UK (RIBA) and is pursuing the US accreditation (NAAB). Strong emphasis on research and on critical, reflective practice. Intensive small-group teaching from leading practitioners and academics. Two UCD Academics are the 2015 recipients of the Royal Gold Medal (the world's most prestigious architecture award) Who should apply? Full Time option suitable for: Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes Who is the Master of Architecture for? Applicants will usually have a Bachelors level Architecture Degree or another approved equivalent degree with a minimum of 6 semesters of architectural education Advanced Entry To Year Two Applicants who hold a UCD Bachelor of Architecture Degree or an approved equivalent Degree awarded from another institution can apply to enter Year Two of the MArch Degree Programme and successful candidates may apply for further module exemptions. All applicants who gain entry to Year Two must complete a minimum of 30 credits. Career Opportunities The MArch qualification is RIAI (and European Union) and RIBA accredited and will... [-]

Master in Urban Vision and Architectural Design

Domus Academy
Campus Full time 12 months September 2017 Italy Milan

In the Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design program, you will learn strategies for transforming a city, from private developments to public space. You will envision future urban and architectural scenarios, according to complex dynamics and evolving requirements. [+]

Envision. Adapt. Change. Cities are experimental laboratories where humans formulate and refine responses to our basic needs: for shelter, relationships, movement, commerce. In the Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design program, you will learn strategies for transforming a city, from private developments to public space. You will envision future urban and architectural scenarios, according to complex dynamics and evolving requirements. Audience The program is designed for candidates with a first-level degree in urban planning and/or architecture, as well as those who have a first-level degree in economics, humanities, social sciences, communication, or other related disciplines. Outcome During this degree program, students will: Learn how to apply appropriate research and design methodologies to urban and architectural design projects Design projects from start to finish, using a systematic sequence of steps relating to form, structure, technology, and aesthetics. Conceive of, propose, and realize a research and design presentation at a professional level, selecting the best communication strategy and languages for a multicultural audience. Program In the Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design program, you’ll learn to envision transformations of urban spaces. You’ll have a chance to propose innovative solutions to problems in the fields of contemporary architecture, landscape design, and urban planning. And you’ll come to understand the changing role of architects and urban designers in different contexts. The program is workshop-based, supported by seminars, lectures, tutorials, and fieldwork. Industry professionals, the course leader, and project leaders support students through individual coaching and project mentorship. The Master in Urban Vision... [-]

Master in Architecture

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 2 - 3 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The NAAB accredited Master of Architecture is a holistic professional program offered in two tracks. Dedicated to the relationship of theory, up to date technical developments, advanced architectural design and the practice of making and building, the program has an exceptional profile. [+]

Masters in Urban Design. The NAAB accredited Master of Architecture is a holistic professional program offered in two tracks. Dedicated to the relationship of theory, up to date technical developments, advanced architectural design and the practice of making and building, the program has an exceptional profile. Through knowledgeable and practicing faculty, we enable our students to become responsible leaders in their field, who have the skills to envision, design and construct a desirable and viable future, and therefore actively contribute towards the evolution of society. M. Arch Track I Unit Requirements Major 48 units Directed Study 6 units Electives* 9 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval Architecture M. Arch Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units (Track I) or 87 units (Track II) M. Arch Track II Unit Requirements Major 66 units Directed Study 6 units Electives* 15 units TOTAL 87 units *Per director approval MARCH Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Design: Demonstrate development of design exploration and understanding throughout the program Visual Communication: Visually communicate ideas through hand sketching/ drawing, including hand drawn concept sketches, design process sketches and diagrams Visually communicate ideas through architectural drawings (digital or otherwise): site plan, plan, section, elevation, and 3D representation Produce accurate physical models of design ideas Written Communication: Effectively summarize the project and process in a well-crafted proposal and thesis book Presentation Skills: Professionally present the thesis proposal and... [-]

MArch Architecture

Nottingham Trent University: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham

This course is design focused, with emphasis on a research-informed approach that develops architects with a broad outlook – competent to work within both local and global communities and contexts. Accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the course focuses on productive architecture, emphasising ‘thinking and making’ within particular places and contexts. [+]

MArch Architecture This course is design focused, with emphasis on a research-informed approach that develops architects with a broad outlook – competent to work within both local and global communities and contexts. Accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the course focuses on productive architecture, emphasising ‘thinking and making’ within particular places and contexts. This course aims to develop global architects adept to work within both local and international contexts. You will benefit from: a lively, multidisciplinary teaching and learning environment exemption from the Part 2 examinations for the RIBA an enthusiastic staff team supported by reputed practitioners with eminent visiting professors brand new teaching, CAD and studio spaces in a city centre location opportunities for live projects and development of individual architectural specialisation site visits and field trips, including an international study trip (included in your fees) a commitment to sustainability underlying the curriculum. This two year, full-time course is designed to shape graduates who are motivated, independent, self-directed and socially responsible. The design modules are steered by leading practitioners or academics typically from outside the University. This places architectural design and practice at the heart of the course. What you'll study The MArch has established six key strategic ambitions: education of the architect with a global outlook; research into and through design; vertical studio and ‘thinking and making’; shaping the existing as well as the new built environment; celebrating individual and collaborative work; and awareness of architecture’s cross-disciplinary nature. You’ll work in a dedicated studio space,... [-]

Master's Programme in Sustainable Urban Design

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Sweden Lund

Making the world's growing cities healthy, attractive and sustainable is an exceptional challenge. Lund University, located in the dynamic Öresund region [+]

Programme overview

Making the world’s growing cities healthy, attractive and sustainable is an exceptional challenge. Lund University, located in the dynamic Copenhagen-Malmö region, is a global leader in balancing urban economic growth and environmental development and offers superb resources for studying the diverse aspects of sustainability and design.

The Master's Programme in Sustainable Urban Design at the School of Architecture has a well-established reputation for developing humanistic modern design that promotes liveability, community building and social sustainability. Drawing on best practices and advanced research into urban form, urban quality and sustainability, the Master’s programme produces highly skilled professionals, capable of meeting the challenge of sustainable urban design as productive, successful individuals who are creative, insightful and intellectually skilled in their approach to the profession and their practice.... [-]


Master in Interior Architecture

IAAD + Écoles de Condé
Campus Full time October 2017 Italy Turin

The Master examines the space designed both in its aesthetic and functional aspects and in those, less obvious, methods of use and symbolic [+]

Master program in INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE - New forms of contemporary living The Master examines the space designed both in its aesthetic and functional aspects and in those, less obvious, methods of use and symbolic values. It emerges a dual path, starting from the instinct of men to make room, placing its own habitat, investigates the performative value of built, depositary of the fundamental values of the community. Suggestions and theoretical stimuli become the material on which it's possible to develop the project activity focusing all attention on making concrete what elective scope of a designer. Objectives and teaching methodology Design is experiencing a time of strong momentum and spreading. The rapid evolution of production methods and lifestyles increasingly requires adaptability and innovation. Anticipating and stimulating change has become one of the main drivers of growth and competitive factor of contemporary economies. The traditional disciplinary boundaries are overwhelmed by the need for greater interaction, ability to work in groups and technology transfer. Designers are required to know new tools of representation and sharing of information as well as to improve skills of listening to the needs. However, new opportunities open for designers who are asked to draw on the wealth of traditional knowledge without conditions or obligations formal style. The product of creativity, also applied to a theme as old as the living, can become a software that helps us orient ourselves or an interface to manage a home automation application but in any case it must be time to take... [-]

Master of Landscape Design (MLD)

CEPT University
Campus Full time Part time July 2017 India Ahmedabad

Master of Landscape Design program provides professional education for development of regional landscape planning, geographical information systems, natural resources analysis and interpretation towards land development for various natural and human infrastructures. [+]

Masters in Urban Design. Master of Landscape Design (MLD) Program Overview Master of Landscape Design program provides professional education for development of regional landscape planning, geographical information systems, natural resources analysis and interpretation towards land development for various natural and human infrastructures. Students will acquire skills that enable them to analyze regions for carrying capacity, land use suitability, land capability as well as design of landscapes towards development and conservation of natural sustainable ecosystems. Besides, design explorations of small scale landscapes are integrated well within the studio exercises. Landscape programs at CEPT University are designed to allow a comprehensive and in depth understanding of the profession. Students have demonstrated new thinking, coupled with measured and relevant responses to varying landscape situations. The spirit of exploration and finding creative solutions is a part of the education. Curriculum The Curriculum includes lecture courses of theory, technical subjects and studios according to the objectives of the program. Design studios focus on development of students’ critical abilities with an aim not only confined to deriving suitable designs in response to a brief but also with a greater emphasis on the design process and research. To enable students to pursue individual interests only three quarters of the total academic workload is mandated. Students choose courses from the many available electives to complete the rest. Teachers are drawn from practicing professionals who bring practical experience to the classroom and academics and complement teaching with more theoretical and critical approaches. A section of the graduating students also... [-]

Master in Internet Technology and Architecture (ITA)

EIT Digital Master School
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Germany Berlin Netherlands Eindhoven Finland Espoo United Kingdom London France Paris Sweden Stockholm Italy Trento Hungary Budapest Spain Madrid + 16 more

The ITA master is a new European two-year master programme within the EIT Digital Master School “ICT Innovation”. The aim of the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) is to breed a new generation of technology-skill [+]

The ITA master is a new European two-year master programme within the EIT Digital Master School “ICT Innovation”. The aim of the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) is to breed a new generation of technology-skilled entrepreneurs by enhancing high-profile technology education with a strong business orientation. For the field of ICT, the EIT has created through the KIC ICT Labs (one of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities), several ICT master programmes to combine ICT engineering on an advanced level with a business minor focused on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E). The goal is to make students that take part in this education the elite group of forthcoming ICT professionals. The unique features of this advanced level education are: A standardized I&E minor Mobility among universities (one year at one university and the second year at another university) Specialisation at one of the European top universities Personal industrial relationships for the students, including industrial mentors and internships at EIT Digital non-university partners as part of the study plan. Thematic area grounding and utilization of resources from EIT Digital research and business activities There are seven ICT programmes (majors), one of them is Internet Technology and Architecture (ITA) offered by a consortium of UPMC (Paris), TUB (Berlin), KTH (Stockholm), UNITN (Trento), UNS (Nice), ITA/TB (Brest) and UPM (Madrid). The first year consists of one semester of core courses on ITA and one semester on Entrepreneurial education. For the second year, students can select a specialisation and complete a thesis project at... [-]

Master in Sustainable Urban Development

Vietnamese-German University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City

The Master program “Sustainable Urban Development” (SUD) at the Vietnamese-German University (VGU) is a interdisciplinary program, covering the subjects in the areas of traffic planning, management and economics, civil engineering, urban management and planning, ecology and social sciences. [+]

Master in Sustainable Urban Planning

In co-operation with University of Technology Darmstadt, Germany

The Master program “Sustainable Urban Development” (SUD) at the Vietnamese-German University (VGU) is a interdisciplinary program, covering the subjects in the areas of traffic planning, management and economics, civil engineering, urban management and planning, ecology and social sciences.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

handle the highly complex process of urban planning and development in a quickly urbanizing country; to understand and analyze typical urban problems in a new and specific context; respond to previously identified problems and develop innovative sustainable approaches in urban planning and development. ... [-]