Founded by Fumihiko Maki and Roger Montgomery in 1960, the Master of Urban Design (MUD) program is the second oldest urban design program in the United States. This innovative post-professional program allows students to pursue advanced design and research work focused on the urban environment while acquiring the theoretical and professional foundation for urban design practice.
The program draws from the Sam Fox School’s diverse student body, interdisciplinary study opportunities, and international semester studios to prepare students for global practice in the private and public sectors, and for leadership roles in the design and development of the contemporary built environment.
The three-semester MUD curriculum is centered on a core sequence of three studios through which students develop the skills to make design proposals for a diverse range of urban conditions within the metropolitan landscape. The program culminates in the Global Urbanism Studio, an immersive 10–12 week experience. Each year the studio selects a fast-growing city in Asia, Africa, or South America to compare and contrast with an American city. Recent studios have been sited in Chicago, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Mexico City, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo.
Required courses complement studio work, exploring basic concepts in the history and theory of urbanism; environmental and infrastructural systems; landscape ecology’s urban development and public policy; economic and real estate development; and sustainable urban design. Students have the opportunity to establish areas of concentration through electives in related areas within the Graduate School and the University at large. In addition, they may pursue a variety of joint professional degrees, including in architecture, urban design, business administration, social work, and public health.
The MUD program draws on a unique set of resources and programming to support students’ development, including:
–The Sam Fox School Public Lecture Series
–Master classes on current topics in sustainable urban design, led by internationally recognized professionals
–Research assistantships tied to faculty research and practices
–A dedicated Sam Fox School Career Services office
–Washington University programs focused on climate change and sustainable cities, as well as its International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES), Office of Sustainability, and Sustainable Land Lab initiative
–Large, international network of alumni, many of whom hold important urban design positions around the world
The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts is an interdisciplinary and diverse community of architects, artists, and designers dedicated to excellence in learning, creative activity, research, and exhibition. Our unique structure allows us to build on the strengths of each unit—Art, Architecture, and Museum—and to draw on the resources of the University to create new knowledge and address the social and environmental challenges of our time.
Washington University in St. Louis is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching and research, and draws students and faculty to St. Louis from all 50 states and more than 120 nations. Highly regarded for its commitment to excellence in learning, its programs, administration, facilities, resources, and activities combine to further its mission of teaching, research, and service to society. The University has played an integral role in the history and continuing growth of St. Louis and benefits in turn from the wide array of social, cultural, and recreational opportunities offered by the metropolitan area to its nearly three million residents.
For more information, contact:
John Hoal, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, MUD Program
Kathleen O’Donnell, Administrative Coordinator, Graduate Admissions
T +1 314 935 6227 / T +1 800 295 6227 (within continental United States) / [email protected]