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 in Urban Vision and Architectural Design

Domus Academy
Campus Full time 12 months September 2018 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. [+]

Master in URBAN VISION AND ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN - Re-visioning cities

‘Learning by Designing’ is how Domus Academy will boost your career. Not only it is a place where the designers of tomorrow can produce wonders and surprises, it is also a place where students can discover new realities and invent professional trajectories aligned with tomorrow’s market demands. 

WHY Domus Academy Experience Milano, World Capital of Fashion and Design Design your Master in a highly ranked Academy offering a globally recognized degree Improve your knowledge and know-how thanks to real projects Build your own Multicultural and Global Network Boost your career with our unique Professional Experience ... [-]

Master of Engineering Leadership in Urban Systems

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science
Campus Full time 1 year January 2018 Canada Vancouver

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Urban Systems is an intensive one-year degree program that equips you with the high-level technical skills needed to develop practical and sustainable solutions to meet the challenges associated with large urban infrastructure systems. [+]

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Urban Systems is an intensive one-year degree program that equips you with the high-level technical skills needed to develop practical and sustainable solutions to meet the challenges associated with large urban infrastructure systems. There is a growing demand for talented professionals with a confident understanding of engineering and urban planning and who have the management and leadership skills to guide large and complex projects. Graduates of this program will be highly sought after for their unique combination of leadership and technical sector-specific skills. Watch this video and learn more about this unique technical management program from our students and professors. Propel Your Career Forward This unique master’s degree program will: prepare you to assume the professional responsibilities of managing all facets of urban infrastructure systems; broaden your sector-relevant skills through a project-based curriculum that covers all stages of the industry value chain; provide a dynamic learning environment that follows a project-based curriculum; offer opportunities for you to collaborate with world-renowned faculty and local leaders in infrastructure systems and urban planning; and help you advance your career by balancing technical learning with in-depth leadership courses on project management, business and communication. Eligibity Requirements You are eligible for this program if you meet the MEL admission requirements and you have: an undergraduate degree in a discipline related to urban systems (a degree in engineering is not required for program entry); and two or more years of relevant work experience. As a graduate of this program,... [-]

Master in Urban Studies

Estonian Academy of Arts
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Estonia Tallinn

The program is situated at the trans-disciplinary crossroad of architecture, urban planning and design, art history and theory, critical geography, sociology, ethnography, and related disciplines. [+]

Masters in Urban Design. As events and transformations of the recent decades have forcefully shown, the urban question permeates all major social, economic and political developments of today. The two-year Master’s programme in Urban Studies critically engages with the wide-ranging manifestation of contemporary urbanity. What shapes have the processes of urbanisation assumed today? How are urban spaces produced? The programme foregrounds the unitary perspective of the city as a physical space, a social space and a space of design. It combines rigorous academic research with intensive fieldwork. The programme is situated at the trans-disciplinary crossroad of urban studies, urbanism and urban planning, architecture theory, sociology, urban ethnography and geography. Our students have academic backgrounds in architecture, social sciences or humanities. Integrating critical interrogation and experimental practice, the programme has a triple focus on social uses, spatial programmes and urban forms. The form of assignments includes term-long research studios, intensive workshops, lectures, seminars and field trips. The distinctive mark of the Urban Studies programme is its reliance on theoretically-informed action in the field. We take students’ efforts seriously: the programme engages ‘real’ actors and create opportunities for public presentation, discussion and publication of the best works. The Master’s programme is fully in English and has a strong international orientation. We cooperate with a network of partner institutions in Europe, and we are connected to regional partners in Finland, the Baltic countries and Russia. The curriculum includes a number of workshops and lecture courses by international scholars, architects, urban planners and activists.... [-]

Master in Intelligent Buildings

Czech Technical University in Prague
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Czech Republic Prague

Intelligent Buildings [+]

Field of Study Intelligent Buildings Entrance Exams NON Entrance Requeirements - fully completed application form - English language certificate Level of English - TOEFL IB T 65 - TOEFL CBT 185 - B2 - FCE - IELTS 5.5 Scholarship not for the first year students [-]

Master in Urban Studies

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The Master in Urban studies is a multi-disciplinary master degree, including courses in Planning, Political Studies, Sociology and History. The degree is research-oriented and suited for students aiming at developing and consolidating their research skills, for careers involving research in academic, NGO, global institutions or government environments. Most lecturers involved have both a strong academic background and activist experience, and the degree focuses more specifically around issues of urban politics and governance, local democracy and justice, processes and politics of policy-making in Cities of the South. [+]

Applications for 2017 are now closed The Master in Urban studies is a multi-disciplinary master degree, including courses in Planning, Political Studies, Sociology and History. The degree is research-oriented and suited for students aiming at developing and consolidating their research skills, for careers involving research in academic, NGO, global institutions or government environments. Most lecturers involved have both a strong academic background and activist experience, and the degree focuses more specifically around issues of urban politics and governance, local democracy and justice, processes and politics of policy-making in Cities of the South.

Benefits of the programme A multidisciplinary training to approach complex objects such as cities and urban dynamics A strong research training , with an orientation towards topical political issues for cities of the South / South African cities Curriculum Outline/Modules taught Cities of the South Community Participation in Urban Governance: theories, discourses and practices Democratic Theory Research Methods & Computer based graphic skills Elective: Social Movements State and Violence; The Making of Urban South Africa; Municipal Planning; Housing Theories, Policies and Practices. Closing dates ... [-]

Master in Architecture and Urban Design

Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Umeå

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 in Architecture and Urban Design

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.

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Ecological challenges such as climate change and social crises such as unequal local and global development and migration places raises a strong demand on architecture to develop new solutions based on broad interdisciplinary perspectives. In the Master's Programme in Architecture and Urban Design these complex issues are dealt with in various design studios. Departing from your own experience and ethical position the program wants to challenge the conventional contemporary architectural practice and the future of the profession.... [-]


Master in City & Technology

Institute For Advanced Architecture Of Catalonia (IAAC)
Campus Full time 9 months October 2018 Spain Barcelona

The Master in City & Technology (MaCT) is a programme oriented in training Change Makers that City Government Administrations, the Industry and Communities need in order to develop projects for the transformation of the cities. [+]

The Master in City & Technology (MaCT) is a programme oriented in training Change Makers that City Government Administrations, the Industry and Communities need in order to develop projects for the transformation of the cities.

From urban planning to urban management and citizen-based services, the Master in City & Technology foresees new city economy and new city management models through the creation of efficient, responsive, decentralised, productive and hyper connected systems to be implemented in order to build the city of the future.

The program will be developed with the collaboration of companies and industry, and will form new professionals interested in leading this new field of city economy that is emerging worldwide.... [-]


Master in Interior Architecture for Business Habitat

IAAD Istituto D'Arte Applicata e Design
Campus Full time 9 months March 2018 Italy Turin

Design is experiencing a time of strong momentum and growth. The rapid evolution of production methods and ways of living require more and more adaptability and innovation. Anticipating and stimulating change have become main factors effecting competitiveness, being an engine for change and effecting contemporary economies. [+]

Design is experiencing a time of strong momentum and growth. The rapid evolution of production methods and ways of living require more and more adaptability and innovation. Anticipating and stimulating change have become main factors effecting competitiveness, being an engine for change and effecting contemporary economies. Traditional disciplinary boundaries have been overwhelmed by the need for greater interaction, ability to work in groups and the transfer of technology. Designers are now required to know new design skills and ways of information sharing, as well as have improved ability to listen to the needs of clients. On the other hand, it provides designers with new opportunities to draw on the wealth of traditional knowledge but yet without formal conditions or style obligations. Even when applied to interior architecture, the designer must be able to make use of new skills to delineate separated professions, those typical of the architecture. The way of selling ‘sales’ has changed mainly because of the dissemination of “online shopping” and effect of mass distribution. New forms of shared consumption have been established and commercial spaces now take on new forms and functions. As in many other fields, they are not uniform linear transformations but are rather coexisting contradictory phenomena in very distinct situations. Local businesses have survived mass distribution because ‘zero kilometer’ goods are displayed side by side with goods coming from other continents. Even the shop under your house is not immune to the online buying phenomenon. Each industry sector has developed a mix of technologies... [-]

Master in Advanced Urban Design

Higher School of Economics
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Russia Moscow United Kingdom London Canterbury Nizhny Novgorod St. Petersburg South Korea Seoul + 7 more

The programme is focusing on urbanization in developing countries where urban growth is the most significant now. The programme is aimed at the next generation of Urban Designers that will be able to work effectively in highly volatile conditions of the cities in Russia and rest of the world. [+]

Masters in Urban Design. The international Masters degree programme in Urban Design is a joint programme of the Graduate School of Urbanism of the HSE University Russia and the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design. The educational process is built on the ‘research-based design’ methodology that involves tutors from the best world universities and practitioners of leading international firms. The programme is focusing on urbanization in developing countries where urban growth is the most significant now. The programme is aimed at the next generation of Urban Designers that will be able to work effectively in highly volatile conditions of the cities in Russia and rest of the world. The programme is aimed at the next generation of Urban Designers, combining the best of the Russian Academia and the cutting-edge experimental project-based education. It will offer: Strong emphasis on critical, conceptual, and design thinking Working environment of an interdisciplinary 'lab' for both designers and analytics Pioneering “Research-Based Design” methodology created and tested at the Strelka Institute Unique courses tailored for the new demands of contemporary urban theory and the next practices Project modules with innovative briefs and real clients in Russia and South Africa Team of tutors from the best world universities and practitioners of leading international firms Access to the vast network of experts and clients of both the Strelka Institute and the HSE University Russia [-]

Master's Degree In Architecture And Urban Design Projects

Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana (FUNIBER)
Online Part time 21 - 2 months September 2018 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: ... [-]


MArch Design

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

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

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.

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. ... [-]

Master of European Urban Studies (EU)

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2018 Germany Weimar

European Urban Studies respond to the dynamic transformation processes which affect urban spaces at the beginning of the 21st century. Urban landscapes... [+]

Master of European Urban Studies (EU)

 

European Urban Studies respond to the dynamic transformation processes which affect urban spaces at the beginning of the 21st century. Urban landscapes of dispersed character, global markets, virtual spaces, powerful actors in the construction business and postmodern lifestyles generate new challenges for the spatial competence of planners and spatially oriented designers.During the first and third semester, in-depth scientific and basic applied knowledge in the thematic context of "European Urban Studies" is conveyed. The study project in the first or third semester deals with a particular urban and/or spatially oriented issue. This issue is tackled using scientific and/or design-oriented methods in an interdisciplinary, yet applied manner close to reality. Hereby, applying the content and methodic core competence of all or as many as possible of the fields of European Urban Studies will be relevant. Courses and examinations are held in English.During the second semester, which is oriented towards professional practice, international partners in Germany, Europe and overseas offer collaboration on "International Model Projects". These internships (three to six months) are conducted with chosen project partners such as scientific institutions, communal authorities, real estate developers/investors, construction managers, architects and planning offices. The presentation and discussion of the results drawn from the research work and practical experience occurs in the third semester, following the internship during the annual Model Project Forum.In the fourth semester, students are expected to draw up their Master Thesis. This phase of writing and research is accompanied by a colloquium in... [-]


Graduate Program in Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design

The Conway School
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Conway

The Conway program is a lively mix of classroom instruction, applied studio work, student and visitor presentations, field work, site visits, and informal discussions in the collective kitchen. [+]

Masters in Urban Design. The Conway program is a lively mix of classroom instruction, applied studio work, student and visitor presentations, field work, site visits, and informal discussions in the collective kitchen. Sketching in the field Students learn from faculty, from each other, from guests, and from their explorations of their project sites and the communities where those projects are embedded. The environment is personal, collaborative, and rigorous—learning is driven by motivated students working for real communities to solve real and pressing problems. The Conway program is built around those real projects for real clients. The projects raise issues, questions, and challenges—from technical questions about site engineering, to ethical issues about community involvement or wise use of resources, to practical questions about how resilience can be built into systems in the face of uncertain futures—that drive the classes, discussions, and field and studio work that make up the rest of the fully integrated, multidisciplinary program. Class assignments—graphic, technical, and written—support project work. A Typical Week at Conway We’re small. That means we can change the schedule on a moment’s notice–load up the van and go on a field trip to see what happens when a dam collapses; visit a project site during a community street festival; add a class to introduce new software that suddenly became available. We do, though, have a regular weekly schedule. Projects Each Conway student works on three projects, one per term. In the fall, students have their own site design project, typically a couple of... [-]

Master in Urban Design

SCAD - The Savannah College of Art and Design
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Savannah Atlanta Hong Kong Sham Shui Po France Lacoste + 4 more

Not only are we the only art and design university in the U.S. to offer a Master of Urban Design degree, we do it all in the midst of one of the most celebrated city plans in the world. Beyond your homebase in Savannah, you may also study for a quarter or more at our locations in Atlanta, Lacoste and Hong Kong, where you can observe first-hand how cities grow and function in different contexts and on different continents. [+]

Plan your future in urban design Not only are we the only art and design university in the U.S. to offer a Master of Urban Design degree, we do it all in the midst of one of the most celebrated city plans in the world. Beyond your homebase in Savannah, you may also study for a quarter or more at our locations in Atlanta, Lacoste and Hong Kong, where you can observe first-hand how cities grow and function in different contexts and on different continents. We give you all of the tools you'll need to thrive as an urban designer, making cityscapes more beautiful, more functional and more vibrant. Master of urban design Available at: - Savannah ARCH 765 Emerging Urban Issues ARLH 739 Urban Form and Civic Ideals through History ELDS 720 Geospatial Analysis and Digital Design for Urban Environments HIPR 726 Revitalizing Downtowns URBA 709 Graduate Urban Design Studio I: Placemaking at the Neighborhood Scale URBA 719 Real Estate Regulation and Finance URBA 725 Urban Ecology URBA 729 Graduate Urban Design Studio II: The Scale of Town and City URBA 739 Economics of Urban and Regional Development URBA 759 Graduate Urban Design Studio III: The Region and Metropolis URBA 769 Urban Design Research Seminar URBA 779F Graduate Field Internship* URBA 779T Graduate Teaching Internship* URBA 791 Graduate Urban Design Studio IV: Thesis I - Research and Conceptual Design URBA 792 Graduate Urban Design Studio V: Thesis II - Design Development and Final Exposition — 500- to 700-level elective... [-]

Master of Urban Design

Izmir Institute of Technology
Campus Full time 2 semesters September 2018 Turkey İzmir

İzmir Institute of Technology is one of two institutions of higher learning in Turkey offering English-language instruction in City and Regional Planning. [+]

MASTER OF URBAN DESIGN PROGRAM (M.U.D.)

İzmir Institute of Technology is one of two institutions of higher learning in Turkey offering English-language instruction in City and Regional Planning. In recognition of the fact that keeping abreast of international developments is vital already in the undergraduate stages of the profession of planning. We have developed library; laboratory, and internet facilities so as to enable international research and pursue multilingual thinking in the field.

            Today in this country, we stand in urgent need of planners capable of developing solutions to the dire urbanization problems which we face and for which we pay each day.... [-]