We believe that successful city building requires expertise, breadth, interdisciplinary understanding, and creativity. Our three program pillars—Healthy Communities, Equitable Urbanism, and Regional Sustainability—form the basis of our research, instruction, and community outreach.
The interdisciplinary program uses Denver as an urban laboratory but the globe as a reference. The program is designed around three central themes: sustainable cities, local to global, and innovations in practice.
Our students explore interactions between society and the built and natural environment and engage in research aimed at promoting sustainable, healthy, and socially just communities at local, regional, and global scale. Our interdisciplinary degree program prepares students to address complex and emergent issues.
Our program emphasizes design to support human well-being and environmental balance. Students apply design and planning skills to enhance community, foster equity, remediate environmental balance, conserve and regenerate resources, and create places that hold value for current and future generations.