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UCD PROGRAM


Programs:
MS UCD Specialization
UCD Certificate


Program Modules:
tHPO+ Program
Urban Tech
Lubbock Campus


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2014 Shanghai Studio
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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.



Program Description

Master of Science in Architecture with a specialization in Urban and Community Design


The 34-hour post-professional degree is completed in three semesters plus a summer study-abroad component. The coursework is structured sequentially to enable a more integrative and explorative method of inquiry, supported by the expertise of faculty and the profession at large. Thesis work is generated cumulatively through all semesters of study allowing students the opportunity to frame coursework around their chosen thesis topic as it progressively evolves. The curriculum also integrates in-class learning environments along with distance education coursework to provide greater flexibility with expanded teaching resources.

During the summer semester, students travel internationally through the College of Architecture’s study abroad programs in cities such as Paris, Verona, Seville, or Seoul. In substitution, international students may seek approval to explore a variety of American cities during this period to support their area of thesis study.

Additionally, students receive a three-member oversight committee comprised of faculty and up to one optional outside professional that provide guidance throughout the degree program and later, serve as the thesis committee for the student’s final academic work.


Mari Michael Glassell
Coordinator, Assistant Professor
For more information contact the UCD program coordinator



Post-Professional Curriculum

34 Credit Hours Master of Science in Architecture with a specialization in Urban and Community Design:


ARCH 5315 Systems of Architectural Inquiry
An investigation into the schools of thought and methods of inquiry, including the craft of research with a focus on writing, reading, and critical thinking.


ARCH 5382 Urban Theory
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. This course is an investigation into a series of selected topics from the 20th and 21st century to begin to think about cities and the writings of cities with a stronger sensibility and more importantly exploring the relationship between culture and the ‘urban’ environment.
ARCH 5384 Community Design & Development Resources
This online service-learning course addresses the foundations of urban and community design, community development and the relevant resources available to support associated city goals and objectives related to these. Students become engaged in a service project that results in meaningful, practice-based outcomes.


ARCH 5501 Urban Design Studio (w/ 1 hr GIS component)
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 studio requirements (requires director approval).


ARCH 5502 Urban Design Studio (w/ 1 hr GIS component)
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 studio requirements (requires director approval).

ARCH 5301 Special Problems in Architecture - International Urbanism
Explores the interface between culture and architecture at the scale of the city. The goal of this studio is to investigate how architecture makes the city. Students will evaluate cultural determinants and contextual urban forces of a particular study site to design appropriately within the urban setting. Analysis of these conditions will be intensely investigated through a series of exercises that evolve from documentation and diagrams of existing conditions to iterations of proposed interventions that result in an ultimate solution.
*Meets in conjunction with ARCH 4601 - Must be taken off campus in study abroad programs. Programs are offered in Paris, Seville, Verona, or Seoul.

ARCH 600 UCD Thesis
ARCH 7000 Research


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

ARCH 5383 Infrastructure in the Urban Environment
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 and students in the Houston Program



Approved General Electives (3):

FIN 5332 Real Estate Fundamentals
This course covers the financial institutions and contractual instruments, which are critical to the efficient functioning of both the residential and commercial real estate markets. Particular attention is given to the unique incentive problems, which give rise to the institutions and contracts we presently observe in the marketplace, as well as the valuation of various mortgage instruments and mortgage-related securities.


FIN 5345 Real Estate Analysis
This course covers the theory and practice of real estate investment decision-making. While particular attention is given to the tools and techniques necessary to undertake real estate investment analysis for commercial properties, many of these same concepts can be readily applied within the residential marketplace. Particular attention is given to issues in urban economics, capital budgeting, real options, risk analysis, and federal income taxation, which materially influence real estate investment decision-making.


GIST 5300 Geographic Information Systems
This 9 weeks workshop is an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for thematic mapping and spatial analysis. Laboratory emphasized experience with professional GIS software ArcGIS .


PUAD 5324 Energy, Climate, and Sustainability
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).


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