Urban Design Urban Design

Using Copenhagen - one of the world’s most livable cities - as a laboratory, you will work on projects creating people-friendly and livable urban environments. You will use analytical design methods specifically devised for urban design and landscape architecture.



The two tracks of this program ensure it is right for you if you are from a professional school of architecture, design, landscape design, urban design, or come from a liberal arts background. You wish to fully engage in the studio discourse, prepare for individual desk critique, and to invest time outside of studio hours developing projects.


>>Urban Design Studio
You will be instructed in a combination of one-on-one tutoring, discussions, and lectures in studio, focusing on human scale, temporary use, design for the livable city, and landscape architecture in the urban context. Design projects will be the basis for discussions, presentations, and the development of individual design skills.

>> Urban Design Foundations Studio
This studio offers you an opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of the field of urban design, and develop your creative design skills in a studio setting. Design projects will be the basis for discussions, presentations, and the development of individual design skills.


DIS has over 200 elective courses for you to build your curriculum from after choosing your required core course. You have to opportunity to focus on your major or diversify by selecting any combination of courses based on your needs. Click here for electives related to urban design.

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During the semester we translated our design ideas into a physical construction by participating in a hands-on instant urbanism project. It provided a unique opportunity to connect with my peers, our site’s neighborhood and residents, and Copenhagen as a whole through the design and construction process.

I really learned how to analyze and transform a space in order to make it attractive, accessible, and democratic.

Catherine Bretheim Macalester College
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