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College of Architecture and Planning University of Colorado Denver

College of Architecture & Planning


College of Architecture + Planning

The post-professional Master of Urban Design is a 36-credit, calendar-year program. Many students partner the MUD with the MArch, MLA or MURP degree programs, which can reduce required MUD coursework by up to 12 credits. 



URBN 6610: Urban Design Studio I (6 semester hours)

Introduces urban structure and morphology, presenting the city as a complex, ecological organism comprised of interrelated systems. Working at an urban/metropolitan scale, students deconstruct the city into a series of infrastructural layers, then recompose and restructure it in a more integrated fashion. 

2013: Denver TOD Studio

2012: I-70 Realignment Studio

2011: Layers of the City: Integrative Urban Design 

2010: Vacant Land as Infrastructure 

2009: RiNo Arts District: Alternative Futures 

2007: Denver Stormwater: Resource and Amenity 

URBN 6611: Urban Design Studio II (6 semester hours)
Advances understanding of tools, methods and practice of urban design. Operating at a neighborhood or district scale, this studio emphasizes the proactive role designers play in shaping urban space, experience, and regulatory framework. Students consider real estate development economics, aesthetic criteria, historic preservation, and methods of effective community participation. 

2014: The Neo-Industrial City
2013: Auraria Studio
2012: Globeville/Elyria-Swansea Revitalization Plan 
2011: Arapahoe Square: Code Calibration 
2010: RiNo Arts District: Regulation in Practice 

URBN 6612: International Studio (6 semester hours)
Immerses students in urban international locations. The primary focus is on the complexities of approaching international design practice from foreign perspectives. This studio operates within a network of professionals involved in contemporary urban projects. Students develop projects that consider politics, economics and regulation within a specific spatial and cultural context. 

2013: Xiaguan Nanjing Studio
2011: Global Design Practice: Nanjing Adaptive Intervention 
2010: Design Proposals for the Shanghai Expo 2010 Site  


URBN 6641: Design Process (3 semester hours)
Advances current practice by exploring innovative methods of design analysis, production, representation, and communication. Community participation and civic engagement are integral components of seminar, and students are introduced to business of urban design through contact with prominent urban design professionals.

URBN 6642: Design Policy (3 semester hours)
Argues that a role of urban designers is to shape the built environment through a combination of physical intervention and policy development. Students review urban economic and real estate trends and assess zoning/land use regulations to understand impacts on built environment quality.

URBN 6651: Design Practice (3 semester hours)
Introduces students to the business of urban design through contact with prominent and innovative urban design professionals. Examines issues of design implementation; project management; communication, negotiation and facilitation; leadership; and finance.  Restrictions:  Restricted to  ARUR-MUD majors in the College of Architecture and Planning.   

URBN 6652: Design Seminar (3 semester hours) 
Investigates topical issues in urban design, typically within the framework of a theme running through an entire course of study. Focus is on critical evaluation of theory, process and methods. 


URBN 6930: Urban Design Internship (3 semester hours)

This elective course is intended to provide professional practice experience in urban design. Students work 10-20 hours/week in professional firms in the Denver metro region. Firms in the MUD Internship Program have included: AECOMCivitasDesign WorkshopNorris DesignRNL DesignOZ ArchitecturestudioINSITE, and Tryba Architects. In the college the Colorado Center for Community Development (CCCD) hires MUD students to work on projects in Colorado. Students must apply for and be placed into internships through the college's Internship Program.


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