The program leading to the Master of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD) is intended for individuals who have completed a professional program in Architecture or its equivalent. Similarly, the program leading to the Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design (MLAUD) is intended for individuals who have completed a professional program in Landscape Architecture or its equivalent.
Taking advantage of the remarkable international make-up of the faculty and student body, both the MAUD and the MLAUD programs establish a common intellectual ground among architects and landscape architects who have a strong interest in engaging the practice and theory of contemporary urbanism. As post-professional studio based programs, Urban Design at GSD combines intense design instruction, extensive applied research and knowledge of urban history and theory. Conceived as a two-year (four semester) program, the MAUD and MLAUD share a strong core curriculum in its first semester that includes the Elements of Urban Design Core Studio, The Urban Design Proseminar and the Cities by Design lecture course. The remaining three semesters offer a more flexible academic path that allows students to engage in advanced studios and elective courses across all three GSD departments. The curricular structure encourages advanced individual and collective research and the possibility to develop an elective thesis.