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Certificate in Urban & Community Design

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MS Post-Professional

Program Modules:
Houston Program
Urban Tech

Student Work:
2014 Shanghai Studio
2013 PIL Seminar



Students with an interest in urbanism, community design, community development, planning, community outreach or related areas may find this program suitable to their specialized needs. Any student enrolled at TTU in any graduate program is eligible for acceptance into the certificate program with approval of the director of this program.The certificate is awarded only after completion of a first degree.

Certificate Description

The primary purpose for offering graduate certificates is to meet the specialized education needs of students and professionals. The highly motivated student may desire to concentrate in one of the four certificate programs. A graduate certificate of specialization in Urban and Community Design Studies can be obtained by graduate students by taking the 14 hours of core courses approved for this specialization. One (3) hour approved elective course in the Urban and Community Design Studies program is required. Upon completion of the course work, students will receive a “Graduate Certificate in Urban and Community Design Studies” from the Graduate School at TTU and notification on their transcript of program completion.

Any student enrolled in the Graduate School at TTU can earn a certificate, as a Master, or PhD degree candidate under the same guidelines above having been accepted into the certificate program offered by the College of Architecture. The certificate is awarded only after completion of a first degree.

MaryAlice Torres-MacDonald
Director, Associate Professor
For more information contact the program director

Current TTU students complete this form and contact Program Director for admission into Certificate Program: CERTIFICATE APPLICATION (Study Objective)

Certificate Curriculum

14 Credit Hours Specialization Certificate (UCD):

ARCH 5501 – Advanced Architectural Design (5)

Topical studio that explores design, theoretical and/or technological issues that affect current architectural thought and practice. This studio will focus on the urban environment as a critical component of the studio inquiries and methodologies.
*Must be an "Urban Design Studio" or comply with the urban design requirements. Please contact director for approval.

ARCH 5384 – Community Design and Development Resources (3)

Online course addressing the nature of urban and community design, investigating the development resources available to these designers, and understanding the relationship of urban and community design to the field of architecture and other related fields. (Distance Education: Online)

Approved ARCH Electives (3):

Note: Not all courses are offered each semester. See specific college for offerings.
ARCH 5301 Special Problems in Architecture (Urban)
This seminar elective focuses on problems which specifically relate to the contemporary city and/or urban environment. Specific topics may range from semester to semester according to available instructor and/or research focus topic study.
Must be approved by UCD Director
*This course may apply as an Approved General Elective for non-majors and students in the Houston Program
ARCH 5382 Urban Theory Fall
An extensive writing course exploring a comprehensive investigation from selected conceptual and philosophical topics based upon the critical relationship between culture and the urban environment. (Distance Education: Online)
*This course may replace ARCH 5362 credit for majors and may apply as an Approved General Elective for non-majors
ARCH 5383 Infrastructure in the Urban Environment Spring
This course offers an overview of systematic, urban infrastructure, by using Houston and Lubbock as initial case study regions. Through a series of exercises, including journaling and written papers, presentations and discussions, the class will consider the functions of infrastructure in the city to further develop a clear understanding of infrastructure as it relates to the development of built form in the urban environment.
*This course may apply as an Approved General Elective for non-majors

Approved General Electives (3):

FIN 5332 Real Estate Fundamentals Spring
Fundamentals of Real Estate. Introduction to real property law, finance, valuation, investment analysis, and brokerage. Includes operations of real estate markets and urban analysis.
FIN 5345 Real Estate Analysis
Prerequisite: FIN 5320. A survey of the law, valuation, and financing of real estate, including secondary market analysis. Also, investigation into investment property ownership, feasibility, cash flow, and return calculations.
GIST 5300 Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) for thematic mapping and spatial analysis. Laboratory emphasized experience with professional GIS software.
PUAD 5324 Energy, Climate, and Sustainability Spring
This course is intended to familiarize students who are not environmental specialists with relevant facts and analyses on this recent environmentalism evolution. With the growing globalization of social, political and economic activities worldwide, sustainability has become a fundamental component of the new global playing field (think not just “greening”, but climate, energy, water, toxins, food, health, land use, urban planning, transportation, public agencies, private industry, and non-profits).

Graduate Program Catalog