Urban Design

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URBAN DESIGN
HOW TO APPLY

The Graduate Program in Urban Design at The University of Texas at Austin offers students the opportunity to develop skills working at the urban scale while engaging in applied research on the culture of cities. As the world becomes more urbanized and the dilemmas more complex, urban designers will play a critical role in manifesting an ethical agenda for urban life, directing urban development outcomes, aspiring to improve the human condition, and leading the way toward a healthy future. Urban design's agency, reconciling the spatial implications of multiple disciplinary perspectives, brings qualitative value to the places we inhabit. 

The program is designed for post-professional students with an educational background in architecture or landscape architecture and leads to a Master of Science in Urban Design (MSUD). Students without a professional design degree, or those who wish to expand their professional expertise, may follow the dual-degree curriculum shared between the Master of Science in Urban Design and the Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning (MSCRP).

The program brings together an international cohort of faculty and students working globally on issues ranging from climate change to fair housing. Students in the program come from countries ranging from Peru, Spain, India, Russia, China, and South Korea. The program's STEM designation from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board enables additional professional opportunities for international students.

The program is fortunate to have received generous support from The Sinclair Black Endowed Excellence Fund for Urban Design. This endowment enhances the research opportunities available to students and faculty in the program by funding travel studios, sponsoring visiting critics and lecturers, and providing individual research and publication opportunities for students.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

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Urban Agencies - Projections for the Contemporary City

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TEXAS URBAN FUTURES LAB

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DEGREES + PROGRAMS

The Urban Design Program at the University of Texas as Austin offers two graduate-level degree programs and a certificate in Urban Design.  

GRADUATE CERTIFICATES

Master of Science in Urban Design [MSUD] 

MSUD + Master of Science in Community & Regional Planning 

Housing & Urbanism Certificate

URBAN DESIGN STUDENT WORK

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    Final Review for the terminal Urban Design studio: London Studio, Fall 2022.<br />
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    Final Review for the terminal Urban Design studio: London Studio, Fall 2022.

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    2nd YR MSUD and MSCRP students in the London Capstone Studio working until the last minute! #udtexas #utaustin_urbandesign #utsoa #utsoacrp
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    2nd YR MSUD and MSCRP students in the London Capstone Studio working until the last minute! #udtexas #utaustin_urbandesign #utsoa #utsoacrp

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    A deep dive into the gradation of contaminated landscape leads to a strategy of remediation buffers. #utaustin_urbandesign #utsoa #texaslandscape
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    A deep dive into the gradation of contaminated landscape leads to a strategy of remediation buffers. #utaustin_urbandesign #utsoa #texaslandscape

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    More strategies from the joint MSUD/MLA Cascadia Chronicles studio. #utaustin_urbandesign #utsoa #utsoalandscape
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    More strategies from the joint MSUD/MLA Cascadia Chronicles studio. #utaustin_urbandesign #utsoa #utsoalandscape

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    Can infrastructure be designed to humanize the interface between urban and industrial areas through hybridization. #utaustin_urbandesign #utsoa #utsoalandscape
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    Can infrastructure be designed to humanize the interface between urban and industrial areas through hybridization. #utaustin_urbandesign #utsoa #utsoalandscape

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    Group 2 present their ecological remediation strategy as a catalyst for urban regeneration. #utsoa #utsoalandscape #utaustin_urbandesign
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    Group 2 present their ecological remediation strategy as a catalyst for urban regeneration. #utsoa #utsoalandscape #utaustin_urbandesign

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    Nilay Shah presents his teams vision for a new type of “industrial sanctuary” in Portland, Oregon. The project is the 3rd iteration of the Cascadia Chronicles”, the joint MSUD / MLA studio co-taught by Maggie Hansen and Dean Almy. #utsoalandscape #utsoa #utaustin_urbandesign
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    Nilay Shah presents his teams vision for a new type of “industrial sanctuary” in Portland, Oregon. The project is the 3rd iteration of the Cascadia Chronicles”, the joint MSUD / MLA studio co-taught by Maggie Hansen and Dean Almy. #utsoalandscape #utsoa #utaustin_urbandesign

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    The new UTSOA website is live! Follow the link for updated information on the Graduate Program in Urban Design: https://soa.utexas.edu/urban-design. #utaustin_urbandesign #utsoa #urbandesign
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    The new UTSOA website is live! Follow the link for updated information on the Graduate Program in Urban Design: https://soa.utexas.edu/urban-design. #utaustin_urbandesign #utsoa #urbandesign

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    Leader Voices. Conversations on Deptford Creek.<br />.<br />1. Mick Delap, a member of CreekLink - a small group of Deptford Creek neighbors that advocate for the regeneration of the creek<br />.
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    Leader Voices. Conversations on Deptford Creek.
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    1. Mick Delap, a member of CreekLink - a small group of Deptford Creek neighbors that advocate for the regeneration of the creek
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