Subjects

Urban Design

Overview

Urban Design is a post-professional qualification for graduates of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture wishing to develop specialist knowledge related to the design of the physical elements that make up cities. It also covers design that leads to harmonious, vibrant and amenable places that make cities liveable. Both full-time and part-time options are available.

Areas of study

Urban Design is a post-professional qualification for graduates of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture wishing to develop specialist knowledge related to the design of the physical elements that make up cities. It also covers design that leads to harmonious, vibrant and amenable places that make cities liveable. Both full-time and part-time options are available.

You can study Urban Design in the following programmes:

What you will learn

Students entering the programme hold prior qualifications, and in some cases professional practice experience, in planning, architecture or landscape architecture, and the organisation of studio-based learning experiences seeks to take advantage of this diversity of backgrounds. You will learn new theories and skills concerned with the analysis and design of the built environment, and how to communicate complicated ideas in a variety of media.

Career opportunities

There is a growing worldwide recognition of urban design as a distinct specialisation among built environment profession, with career opportunities in public and private practices. In many countries around the world, including New Zealand, urban policies requiring more compact urban form to mitigate urban sprawl, address climate change and design for sustainability are leading to enhanced career prospects for specialists both in New Zealand and overseas. Advanced programmes of study in urban design are also opening up exciting opportunities for research at doctoral level that will shape future urban directions.

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