There is growing acknowledgement that the way cities and neighborhoods are designed directly impacts the health of residents, workers, and visitors. At the same time, many designers and planners fail to create healthy urban environments through a lack of understanding, experience, and training. This certificate program provides a grounding in the processes and design strategies that promote healthful cities. The certificate is 15 credits, consisting of three lecture courses and one studio course all delivered on-campus.
AR582: Urban Design (3 credits)
In this course, students will be introduced to urban design principles, theories, and concepts through readings, lectures, and images. Contextualism, public spaces, and streetscapes are examined through the analysis of case studies evident throughout the world in both a contemporary and historical sense. Students are required to apply urban design principles and concepts through weekly exercises, vignettes, character sketches and models.
AR386/686: Livable Communities Design (3 credits)
The design of communities and neighborhoods is a critical element in the creation of the buildings that serve humanity. This course investigates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism, livable communities and the relevance of those principles to the design of the built environment.
AR991: Research (3 credits)
This course involves fundamental research conducted by the student in the specific field of study coordinated with the Design Studio. The inquiry is formatted to meet individual needs and/or requirements.
AR501/901: Design Studio (6 credits)
This is a topic studio focused on issues in the specified area of study; requirements for the course vary with topic and degree programs. A topic studio may be conducted as a joint graduate/undergraduate course.