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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Master of Landscape Architecture

Manchester Metropolitan University
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years August 2017 United Kingdom Manchester + 1 more

Based within Manchester School of Architecture and awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University, the Master of Landscape Architecture is a route to an internationally recognised qualification in a fast growing, global profession. [+]

Masters in Urban Design. Based within Manchester School of Architecture and awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University, the Master of Landscape Architecture is a route to an internationally recognised qualification in a fast growing, global profession. The MLA combines an emphasis on individual practice and an exploratory, experimental approach, with a strong professional underpinning. It is both a conversion course for graduates of related subject areas and a final postgraduate year of education for landscape graduates. The subject has been taught at Manchester Met for over 40 years. Our graduates are world leaders in the profession and have gone on to impressive careers nationally and internationally. Alumni include James Corner of Field Operations, lead designer for the New York Highline, and Jason Prior of Aecom, responsible for the Olympic Park masterplans in London and Rio de Janeiro. As a part of the Manchester School of Architecture, based within Manchester School of Art, students have access to an impressive range of workshop and studio facilities, based in an award winning building, and all just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre. Features and benefits of the course A two-year, 300 credit programme, leading to an internationally recognised qualification in a fast growing profession. A conversion course for graduates of related subject areas and final year of study for graduates of accredited UK undergraduate landscape courses. Part 1 provides a broad foundation in the discipline, and supports the development of core design and communication skills. Part 2 promotes the exploration of individual... [-]

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... [-]

MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments (MPS-S)

New York School of Interior Design
Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2017 USA Upper East Side + 1 more

The MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments (MPS-S) is a post-professional program structured to prepare design professionals to assume leadership roles in developing and maintaining sustainable interior spaces that will positively impact the world. [+]

Masters in Urban Design. The MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments (MPS-S) is a post-professional program structured to prepare design professionals to assume leadership roles in developing and maintaining sustainable interior spaces that will positively impact the world. Intended for those working in the design or architecture professions, the program provides students with a thorough grounding in the best practices in environmentally informed designs for the interior. Upon completion of the MPS-S program, students are in a position to sit for LEED AP Accreditation — a highly sought-after credential. Students are exposed to a wide range of topics, research methods, integrated design development methodologies, and sustainable project management practices. Course work addresses the history and theory of sustainability, principles of sustainable materials, natural and artificial lighting and control systems, and integrated environmental systems design. It also covers indoor air quality as well as green textiles, furnishings, and decorative elements. The program includes two studio courses designed to integrate acquired knowledge and research while exploring both residential and nonresidential environments. The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis All classes are in the evenings and on weekends The program is offered onsite and online (live classes delivered via videoconferencing at set class times) Requires a degree in interior design, architecture, engineering, or a closely related field and an advanced portfolio. MPS-S Curriculum (30 Credits — based on full-time study) 1st Semester 725 History & Theory of Sustainability in the Interior Environment (2 credits) 726 Principles of Sustainable Design in... [-]

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. [+]

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 equip graduates to work... [-]

Master of Community and Regional Planning

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science
Campus Full time 20 months September 2018 Canada Vancouver

The MCRP is a 20-month professional master's degree in Planning. It is an innovative and flexible program that anticipates and responds to rapidly changing urban, regional, and global environments. The MCRP curriculum begins with a strong core sequence of 18 credits that is tailored to the evolving demands of the profession. [+]

Masters in Urban Design. September 2017 Intake closed. Applications will reopen in October 2017 for September 2018 intake The MCRP is a 20-month professional master's degree in Planning. It is an innovative and flexible program that anticipates and responds to rapidly changing urban, regional, and global environments. The MCRP curriculum begins with a strong core sequence of 18 credits that is tailored to the evolving demands of the profession. Students will additionally undertake a sequence of courses in an area of concentration customized for their interests and professional aspirations. In their second year, students will be required to take a studio course that integrates theories and methods covered throughout the curriculum into a single team-based project with a real or simulated client or community group. The program's Capstone requirement provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their competency through developing a professional portfolio or professional research report. Cumulative program requirements provide students with real world experience and prepare them for entry into a wide variety of planning jobs. The program also features an internship/work experience, and a mentoring program. Concentrations Students can choose from the Indigenous Community Planning (ICP) or Urban Design (UD) concentrations, or they can develop a customized concentration to suit their interests with guidance from their faculty advisor. A few examples of current student concentrations include: public engagement and participatory planning; social and community planning; urban development planning; resiliency planning; transportation and urban design; transportation and sustainability; and urban infrastructure and environmental sustainability. The ICP and UD... [-]

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. [+]

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, landscape design, architecture, urban... [-]

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. [+]

Masters in Urban 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... [-]

Master in Architecture

University of Liechtenstein
Campus 4 - 10 semesters September 2017 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Online

The MSc in Architecture offers: -One-to-one teaching in ENGLISH in small studios and classes. -Architectural studies committed to cultural sustainability and social relevance. -A Cosmopolitan atmosphere in a unique alpine setting. -The possibility of studying abroad for a semester in one of the 40 partner universities. -Low tuition fees with some scholarships available. [+]

The programme's curriculum reflects on the diverse and complex challenges facing architecture as a socially responsible profession today. An understanding of and an active engagement with cultural sustainability is at the heart of its curriculum. The different design studios give students the opportunity to engage with this topic on a variety of scales applying a multitude of design- and research methods, preparing students for the demands of the broad field of architecture and planning. The specific agendas developed in the design studios range from architectural design theory to cultural architecture, sustainable design and sustainable urban design. Together with a series of compulsory and elective classes, they enable students to design their own curriculum and thus develop their personal interests in-depth. Small classes and design studios provide a personal, creative and productive learning and research environment. Currently, students of more than 30 different nationalities create a unique cosmopolitan atmosphere on a compact campus within a stunning alpine setting. A compulsory exchange semester at one of the Institute’s high-profile international Partner-Universities helps students to test their acquired knowledge in a different cultural and academic environment and offers new perspectives and opportunities. Graduates of the Master’s degree programme in Architecture are well prepared for a career in architecture, and thanks to the sound practical and academic education, promising perspectives may also arise in various research fields and academia. Upon successful completion of the programme, the University of Liechtenstein grants the academic degree of: Admission requirements Bachelor’s degree or diploma in Architecture Completion of... [-]

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... [-]

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 [-]

MArch Design

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham

This course focuses on specialist architectural knowledge and advanced design techniques and technologies. [+]

Masters in Urban Design. The 12 month MArch Design course focuses on the development and application of specialist architectural knowledge and advanced design techniques and technologies. This course was originally established to respond to the increasing competition in the professional procurement of buildings and the growing demand for specialist knowledge and skills in the pursuit of architectural excellence. It offers the opportunity to concentrate on architectural or urban design, humanities, environmental design and technology to a high level of sophistication without the need to work within a single specialist area. During this course, you will spend some time on studio-based exploration and innovation across a broad range of options, working alongside architects, urban designers and technologists in the design studios, seminars and lectures. The MArch Design does not convey professional accreditation in the UK. Key facts As part of its remit, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment will develop your vocational skills and the environmentally responsible attitude necessary in today's rapidly changing world. The department enjoys strong collaborative links with overseas institutions. This interdisciplinary programme shares modules with other postgraduate courses within the department. This course does not convey professional accreditation in the UK. Presessional English for Academic Purposes The Centre for English Language Education (CELE) runs a 5-week Built Environment English language and study skills course. This course is designed in collaboration with the Department of Architecture and Built Environment to prepare students going onto Architecture and Built Environment programmes. If you are close to the English language... [-]

Master's Degree In Architecture And Urban Design Projects

Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana (FUNIBER)
Online Part time 21 - 2 months September 2017 Spain Barcelona

Because of this, the Master in Project Development of Architecture and Planning, is organized under an innovative training scheme for the area, because not only goes on ... [+]

Master of Architecture and Urban Projects

The Project area has now taken a strong role in the professional development of executives from the most varied professions, for all involved, with different role in the development and implementation of a project. The area of ​​architecture and urbanism as a whole is no doubt that further development and implementation historically has had since its very conception, so the need to develop a program that meets current professional demands, specializing in Urban and Architectural projects.

Because of this, the Master in Project Development of Architecture and Planning, is organized under an innovative training scheme for the area, because not only runs parallel the three classical areas of the world of projects, such as: Design, Management and Administration but also makes it crosswise with the five relevant thematic area: ... [-]


Master in Smart Buildings and Sustainable Design

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Torino
Campus Full time 12 months January 2018 Italy Turin

The Master in Smart Buildings and Sustainable Design at Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin is a 12 months full time studio based program. Sustainability is addressed in terms of Design strategies that optimize environmental, energy and social behaviors of the urban built environment. Smart buildings involve interactive and web connected technology to be embedded within architecture in order to become aware of what is going on in the surrounding environment and acquire the capability of virtuous reactions. City innovation is the challenging variations that the problematic post-industrial polluted cities will have to face over the next few years. [+]

Masters in Urban Design. THIS PROGRAM IS TAUGHT IN ENGLISH Target The master in Smart Buildings and Sustainable Design is intended for graduates in Architecture, Civil Engineering, Architectural and Built Environment studies or Design studies in related fields who wish to explore the built environment to turn economic and environmental constraints into creative design opportunities, as well as suggest techno-functional strategies considering social and energy issues. Contents and structure The first month will be dedicated to introduce the students to the skills of the job, including 3d modeling, digital fabrication, Arduino technology, and principles of environmental strategies. From the second month, and through the next 11 months, the students will work on a challenging thesis project that will be presented to a public audience at the end of the Master. During this phase, a series of activities (theoretical lectures, seminars, design workshops, conferences, construction workshops) will disseminate knowledge and stimulate the students on the topics of Green Energies Design Strategies, Smart Technologies for the Built Environment, Design rating systems and certifications, Big Data, Urban Sharing. All the input coming from these activities will be embedded in the students design work to develop a compelling thesis project. [-]

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. ... [-]

M.Arch 1

SCI-Arc
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 USA Los Angeles

SCI-Arc’s M.Arch 1 is a three-year, seven-term, professional Master of Architecture program. The core of the program involves architectural experimentation and learning through making. [+]

Masters in Urban Design. SCI-Arc’s M.Arch 1 is a three-year, seven-term, professional Master of Architecture program. The core of the program involves architectural experimentation and learning through making. Open to applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any field of study, the M.Arch 1 program requires attendance for the fall and spring terms of the first two years, and the fall, spring, and summer terms of the third year. The curriculum is horizontally integrated and vertically progressive, starting with a four-semester core sequence in which students develop a framework for the discipline and a strong foundation for critical inquiry and experimentation. Each semester’s design studio is integrally linked with courses in visual, cultural, and applied studies, giving insights into the relationship between architecture and technological advances, representation, and social change. With each progressive semester, students become more sophisticated in addressing complex architectural issues while testing their own intellectual and design convictions. Upon completion of the core sequence, students are invited to choose from a variety of advanced studios and seminars in which they investigate the latest innovations in technology, advance new approaches to design analysis, and innovate through applied research. The program puts a particular emphasis on the production of architecture, and the ways in which making produces a unique intelligence in the field. Students complete their studies with a thoroughly researched independent architectural thesis, which they present in a public exhibition. The M.Arch 1 program is accredited by NAAB (the National Architectural Accrediting Board). [-]