College of Environmental Design

Urban Design

Urban Design Programs at the College of Environmental Design

Downtown Corridor San Francisco


The need for urban designers has never been more urgent. According to WHO, "The urban population in 2014 accounted for 54% of the total global population. It is estimated that by 2017, a majority of people will be living in urban areas." Cities worldwide are struggling with problems of managing this rapid growth. Urban design professionals of the future will have a huge impact on infrastructure, land use patterns and the reuse of existing sites and more.


Master of Urban Design (One-Year Post-Graduate Program)

The Master of Urban Design degree program is a one-year, advanced, interdisciplinary program of study for students with a prior professional degree in architecture, landscape architecture, or city and regional planning. The program's goals are to further train designers who are able to work effectively in teams across a large range of scales and who have a well-developed understanding of urban places and the interdependencies of the fabric of buildings, landscapes, public ways, and the social interactions that shape them.


Urban Design Concentrations (One to Four Year Programs)

The College of Environmental Design offers urban design concentrations both as degree and concurrent degree programs. 


Urban Design Faculty

Faculty from all three departments are engaged in urban design research, teaching, and professional practice. See a list of current faculty and interests here.