Lawrence Technological University’s Master of Urban Design synthesizes numerous disciplines, including architecture, planning, landscape, engineering, and sociology. In the context of classical, industrial, suburban, post-industrial, and global cities, density is recognized as an asset.

Summary

Lawrence Technological University’s Master of Urban Design synthesizes numerous disciplines, including architecture, planning, landscape, engineering, and sociology. In the context of classical, industrial, suburban, post-industrial, and global cities, density is recognized as an asset.

Program Overview

The Master of Urban Design is a post-baccalaureate degree program that can be completed in three semesters. Students with diverse undergraduate degrees are welcome and exposed to a pedagogical and research emphasis that builds on the University’s commitment to its urban and suburban context. The Master of Urban Design is designed to strengthen your knowledge, skills, and experience in urban design with a focus on sustainable urbanism, a balanced and holistic systems approach to design and policy initiatives that addresses the complex environmental, economic, and social forces affecting global, city, and regional form.

Why Lawrence Tech’s Certificate in Urban Design?

  • m-urban-design-3.jpgYou can choose a studio or thesis track, and have the flexibility to focus your study in Detroit, or in cities of the Great Lakes region, across North America, or internationally. Located in regional Detroit and at the heart of the Great Lakes region, Lawrence Tech offers one of the most unique urban contexts for exploring sustainable urbanism.
  • You have opportunities to collaborate w ith faculty through research as well as teaching assistantships in areas such as urban spatial analysis, geodesign, blue-green-gray+white infrastructure, urban agriculture, community outreach, and urban development, among others.
  • You will be taught by a diverse faculty with substantial urban design credentials and extensive professional global and local connections.

Curriculum

Your 32-credit-hour program consists of:

m-urban-design-4.jpgCore Courses

  • Urban Theory
  • Urban Design Methods
  • Quantitative Methods in
    Urban Design
  • Urban Design Policy and
    Implementation
  • Case Studies in Urban Design
  • Urban Design Practicum
12
Core practice 12
Total 32

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Urban Design program is competitive and requires:

1.  Submission of the Application for Graduate Admission;

2.  Official transcripts of all completed college work;

3.  Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0;

4.  A curriculum vitae of academic and employment experience;

5.  Three letters of recommendation: one from a professional affiliated with urban design and two from faculty members employed by a college or university the applicant attended.

6. A statement of 500 words or less, detailing why the applicant is interested in cities and regions and in the discipline of urban design. Applicants should explain what the term “sustainable urbanism” means to them, being specific or philosophical about their past, experiences, interests, or goals.

7.  A comprehensive portfolio illustrating the applicants’ understanding of cities and their experience of working in the context of the urban environment. The intention of the portfolio is to represent the ability to be creative and critical, in any visual and/or written format. Material can include copies of work done in either academic, personal, or professional settings, or any work in the visual arts in two-, three-, or four- dimensional execution. Sketching, drawing, painting, photography, illustration, printmaking, sculpture, written reports, articles, op-eds, policy documents, and published or unpublished monographs represent a small sample of what is possible to present.

Work should include a clear statement on the responsibility of the applicant in creating the entry. Portfolios must be submitted electronically in a single PDF format and contain no more than 25 images, with a total size not to exceed 15 MB. Send portfolio to admissions@ltu.edu.

Get Started

For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.CALL.LTU or admissions@ltu.edu.

For specific questions about the Graduate Certificate in Urban Design, call 248.204.2834