It was at Harvard University that the first formal North American programs in city and regional planning (1923) and urban design (1960) were established. Since then, Harvard has played a leading role in the education of urban planners and urban designers. The Department of Urban Planning and Design is home to both professions, offering a professional degree in urban planning and a post-professional degree in urban design. More
MAUD/MLAUD Master in Urban Design
The program leading to the Master of Architecture in Urban Design is intended for individuals who have completed a professional program in Architecture. The program leading to the Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design is intended for individuals who have completed a professional program in Landscape Architecture. The programs share a common curricular structure in foundational concepts and practices of urban design.
MUP Master in Urban Planning
Accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board and open to students with an undergraduate degree, the two-year professional Master in Urban Planning degree program emphasizes planning to develop, preserve, and enhance the built environment. Students learn how to understand, analyze, and influence the variety of forces-social, economic, cultural, legal, political, ecological, and aesthetic, among others-shaping the built environment.
MUP/MDES/MPA/MPP/JD Concurrent and Joint Degrees
Students in the Master in Urban Planning program may pursue concurrent degrees with other departments at the GSD. A dual degree with the Master in Design Studies allows students to pursue advanced training in physical planning. Joint degree programs are offered with the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Law School.
Composed of internationally experienced scholars and practitioners, the Department’s faculty explores the built environment from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and points of view. The Department’s pedagogically innovative combination of interdisciplinary studios, lecture courses, seminars, and independent study, coupled with a relatively small student size of roughly 100 individuals drawn from around the world, creates an intimate, engaged educational atmosphere in which students thrive and learn.
Students take full advantage of the curricular and extracurricular offerings of the GSD’s other departments of landscape architecture and architecture. The Department also draws upon the significant resources of Harvard University as a whole. Two professorships are shared with the Kennedy School of Government and the Urban Planning program administers a joint degree program with the Law School and the Kennedy School. Students often cross-register in courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Kennedy School, the Business School, the Law School, and the School of Public Health. Students also cross-register in courses offered by the neighboring Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Diane Davis, Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design
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Inside Urban Planning and Design
by Francisco Lara-García (MUP ’16) — Recipient of the 2016 Thesis Prize, awarded by the faculty of the Department…
A team of Harvard Graduate School of Design urban design students has taken first prize in UD Shanghai’s 2015 International Student Urban Design Competition for Shanghai Railway Station Area.
Living Anatomy brings together a selection of projects that demonstrate innovative solutions for housing in urban contexts. The exhibition focuses on a 50-year period from 1965 to 2015 that witnessed the waning of Modernism and the ensuing controversy about its legacy. Housing was a central…