Urban Design Certificate

Urban Design at PennDesign is a certificate program that students can combine with their professional degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, or city planning. The Certificate requirements include a studio and three additional courses.

Recent urban design studios have included a plan for the expansion of the city of Granada in Spain, a study of alternative futures for the seven-county Orlando region in Florida, a campus plan for Dongguk University in Seoul, Korea, a study of alternative futures for the entire state of Florida looking ahead to 2060, and design guidelines for the planned new administrative capital of Korea in Sejong City. The 2008 studio, Impacts of Climate Change in the Delaware River Basin, received a national award from the American Planning Association in 2009.

In addition to studios, participants in the urban design degree and certificate programs must complete required courses in the theory of urban design. case studies in urban design, and real-estate finance and investment - the private market context for urban design decisions.

Computer-aided design and geographic information systems have greatly expanded the ability of urban designers to make large and complex proposals. Proficiency in these techniques is also an important element of urban design education.

With smart growth, community design, neighborhood conservation and urban revitalization becoming more and more significant public issues, there has never been a more important time to be an urban designer.


Letter from the Program Director

Penn has had a strong commitment to urban design since the introduction of Penn's original Urban Design program in 1960.

Requirements and Courses

Modifications to the Urban Design Certificate curriculum are underway. Please contact Darcy Van Buskirk (darcyv@design.upenn.edu) in the Landscape Architecture Department for the most up-to-date information.