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56 Masters Programs in 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 thorou… Read more

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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Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Tilburg, Netherlands

The urban designer's core competence is the ability to design spatial conditions facilitating diverse and dynamic urban programmes and urban conditions with respect for the so ... +

The urban designer's core competence is the ability to design spatial conditions facilitating diverse and dynamic urban programmes and urban conditions with respect for the social, ecological and economic values of the site and society. -
MSc
Part-time
48 months
English
Campus
 
ESDESIGN - Escuela Superior de Diseño de Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

The practice of landscaping contemplates a wide variety of professional assignments. The Master in Landscaping of the Urban Environment enables the necessary skills for adequa ... +

The practice of landscaping contemplates a wide variety of professional assignments. The Master in Landscaping of the Urban Environment enables the necessary skills for adequate access to the professional practice of landscaping committed to sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation. -
Master
Full-time
12 months
Spanish
Online
 
College of Engineering City University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

The programme aims to: enhance existing construction-related professionals with the knowledge of urban design and regional planning; produce experts with comprehensive knowled ... +

The programme aims to: enhance existing construction-related professionals with the knowledge of urban design and regional planning; produce experts with comprehensive knowledge of urban design and regional planning; provide multi-disciplinary approach for architecture, civil engineering, urban design, urban planning, building services and construction professionals; etc. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 years
English
Campus
 

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Oxford Brookes University
Headington, United Kingdom

Our Urban Design MA brings together theory and design practice to develop your urban design skills.

Our Urban Design MA brings together theory and design practice to develop your urban design skills. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 24 months
English
Campus
 
Umeå University - Faculty of Science and Technology
Umeå, Sweden

Do you want to take part in designing sustainable architecture and developing socially just cities for the future? The Master’s Programme in Architecture and Urban Design is o ... +

Do you want to take part in designing sustainable architecture and developing socially just cities for the future? The Master’s Programme in Architecture and Urban Design is operating in-between the artistic and the scientific field of knowledge. The programme is characterized by a consistent focus on sustainability and has an exploratory and experimental profile with teachers from all over the world. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
The New School
New York, USA

The 60-credit Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies program radically reframes the study of urban environments and design approaches to cities. By combining urban pl ... +

The 60-credit Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies program radically reframes the study of urban environments and design approaches to cities. By combining urban planning, policy, urban design, activism, and community practice, students gain the skills and expertise needed to address contemporary urban challenges. In line with The New School’s historic commitment to environmental and social justice, students design and implement strategic projects to bring about transformative change in urban environments on a global scale. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University of Virginia School of Architecture
Charlottesville, USA

At this critical moment in our history, Urban Design at the UVA School of Architecture brings together multidisciplinary expertise to address complex spatial challenges throug ... +

At this critical moment in our history, Urban Design at the UVA School of Architecture brings together multidisciplinary expertise to address complex spatial challenges through radical concepts and enact our collective capacity to envision more just, livable, and compelling cities for our future. -
Master
Full-time
18 months
English
Campus
 
Università Iuav di Venezia
Venice, Italy

The goal of the Master of Advanced Studies in Tall Building Design, which is a Postgraduate Specialisation Programme offered by the University Iuav of Venice, is to boost the ... +

The goal of the Master of Advanced Studies in Tall Building Design, which is a Postgraduate Specialisation Programme offered by the University Iuav of Venice, is to boost the professional career of post-graduate architects and engineers. By teaching processes, more than culture, the Programme Participants will acquire the mindset and skills needed to work in a large architectural/engineering practice, and to deal with the various aspects of the design of complex buildings such as tall buildings. -
Master
Full-time
34 weeks
English
Dec 2022
14 Oct 2022
Campus
 
Southern Federal University
Rostov-on-Don, Russia

The aim of the program is to prepare high-level specialists and develop professional skills in urban design and architecture with a special emphasis on doing project-based lea ... +

The aim of the program is to prepare high-level specialists and develop professional skills in urban design and architecture with a special emphasis on doing project-based learning. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University of Plymouth
Plymouth, United Kingdom

This one year MA Architectural Design program explores architecture, design and urbanism, with an emphasis on the critical investigation of space through practical, theoretica ... +

This one year MA Architectural Design program explores architecture, design and urbanism, with an emphasis on the critical investigation of space through practical, theoretical research interests and creative activities. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Technical University of Liberec
Liberec, Czech Republic

The graduate is an architect with versatile training in architectural structure design, interiors and urbanistic works. The studies finish with the final state exam, a part of ... +

The graduate is an architect with versatile training in architectural structure design, interiors and urbanistic works. The studies finish with the final state exam, a part of which are exams in the history of arts and architecture, supporting structures, building construction and a dissertation defense. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus