As a post-professional studio based program, the Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design (MLAUD) combines intense design instruction, extensive applied research, and knowledge of urban history and theory.

Taking advantage of the remarkable international make-up of the faculty and student body, the MLAUD program establishes a common intellectual ground among landscape architects who have a strong interest in engaging the practice and theory of contemporary urbanism.

Conceived as a two-year (four semester) program, the MLAUD program shares a strong first-semester core curriculum with the MAUD program 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.


The MLAUD program at the GSD engages multiple design topics that cut across a variety of scales and urban scenarios both within the North American context and in multiple international settings. The program’s studio components focus on speculative design strategies that explore inventive design procedures within a diverse set of urban conditions.

Topics include schemes and scenarios for existing urbanized areas—including the analysis and restructuring of areas from the inner city to the metropolitan edge, the development of new territories—from cities to towns, districts and neighborhoods, and the extension or transformation of historic and contemporary contexts. Recently explored studio geographies include Istanbul, Mexico City, Mumbai, New York City, Quito, Rio de Janeiro, among many others.

In addition to the program’s core curriculum, MLAUD students can construct a trans-disciplinary course of study with option studios, lectures and seminar courses from all three departments within the GSD as well as courses from Harvard and MIT’s offerings. As advanced students, MLAUD candidates are encouraged to work closely with faculty through the many research labs within the GSD and in other ongoing faculty led applied research and design projects.

Who Should Apply

The program leading to the Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design (MLAUD) is intended for individuals who have completed a five-year undergraduate professional program in landscape architecture or its equivalent.

Students enrolled in the GSD's professional program in Landscape Architecture are also encouraged to apply for a concurrent urban design degree, for which an individual curriculum may be arranged.

Two to three years of experience in professional practice is recommended but not required.

Please note that the MLAUD program is now designated as a STEM program making international MLAUD graduates eligible to extend their F-1 visas for up to three years in order to work in the United States.

To inquire about admission to the MLAUD, please contact the Admissions Office.