We provide education about the spatial design of urban environments, from buildings to megaregions. As science-led practitioners, we explore the challenges to today’s cities and contribute to cutting edge science and practice in urban planning and architecture.
Within the Bachelor College and the Graduate School, the Chair of Urbanism and Urban Architecture is responsible for teaching the design studios, courses and research seminars related to the urbanism learning path. Students who want to be eligible to apply to the Architects Register for the title of urbanist should follow this learning path. The education stream consists of the Architecture and Urbanism major as well as the Urbanism master track.
The Architecture and Urbanism major becomes specialized during the third-year bachelor studios and courses. In the third year, it is recommended that urbanist students should follow the Urbanism Bachelor Final Project and the elective package consisting of three courses: Landscape and Public Space, Urban Case Study and Walkscapes.
The Urbanism master track consists of the core courses Research in Urbanism and Architecture, Architectural and Urban Theory and the Seminar Urbanism and Architecture. The specialization electives are: Master project Urbanism 1 and 2, Urban Planet and Urban Green Strategies. The electives are: Theory and Practice of the Public Domain, Urban Form and Urban Trends. 15 ECTS can be earned through internships, study abroad programs or extra electives. The master is concluded by the Urbanism Graduation Project.
The UUA chair together with one of the architecture chairs also provides the opportunity to combine the master programs of urbanism and architecture. Other combinations with structural design, building physics or planning are possible. In the first case, the student will be eligible to apply for both the architects as well as the urbanist title. To obtain both titles, the student will need to do an extra combined master project as well as a prolonged graduation studio on top of the core courses and specialization electives for both disciplines.
In addition to learning basic research and design methods, students also master the art of design thinking to understand and tackle complex urban and architectural problems. This includes comprehensive diagnosis of urban systems from multiple angles - technological, environmental, economic, political – and creative exploration of spatial solutions. Since as urbanists we must answer ‘where’ questions, we require products to be spatially explicit.