For students entering Fall 2023

First Semester

4 units ADV-9671 Proseminar in PUBLICS: Of the Public. In the Public. By the Public
12 units Electives or Distributional Electives**

Second Semester

16 units Electives or Distributional Electives**
Choose elective courses to develop the Trajectory

Third Semester

16 units Electives
Choose elective courses to develop the Trajectory

Fourth Semester

8 units Electives
8 units ADV-97XX Open Project

**In the first year, students are required to take a minimum of 12 units of distributional electives from an approved list of courses.
Distributional electives may be completed in the second year with approval from the Domain Head.


Selection of Distributional Electives
Students are required to select 3 from across disciplines.

Urban Planning & Design
VIS 2128 Spatial Analysis (please note this is a 2-unit course)
DES 3348 The Idea of Environment
DES 3458 The History of Heritage and the Heritage of History: How Conservation Shapes Our World and Vise Versa (not offered AY 2023-24)
HIS 4151 Histories and Theories of Urban Form: Transitions as Condition
HIS 4384 Building and Urban Conservation – Assessment, Analysis, Design
HIS 4495 Highway, Deforestation and State-driven Colonization in Amazonia (not offered AY 2023/24)
SES 5206 Land Use and Environmental Law
SES 5213 Equitable Development and Housing Policy in Urban Settings (at HKS)
SES 5215 Analytic Methods of Urban Planning (please note this is a 2-unit course)
SES 5347 Urbanization and Development
SES-5380 Experimental Infrastructures (not offered AY 2023/24)
SES 5381 Urban Design & the Color Line
SES 5383 Developing for Social Impact (not offered AY 2023/24)
SES 5386 Urban Ethnographies
SES 5409 Climate Justice
SES 5435 Land Policy and Planning for Equitable and Fiscally Healthy Communities
SES 5443 The (New) Image of the City

Landscape Architecture
VIS 2459 Images of the Environment (not offered AY 2023/24)
DES 3241 Theories of Landscape as Urbanism
DES 3242 The Nature of Difference: Theories and Practices of Landscape Architecture
DES 3396 Thinking Landscape – Making Cities
HIS 4485 Race and Gender: Landscape Architecture as Practice, Profession and Discipline
HIS 4492 Landscapes of Profit: Heresy, Sedition and Oppression from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic World (not offered AY 2023/24)
SES 5382 Making Participation Relevant to Design
SCI 6244 Climate by Design

VIS-2314 Responsive Environments: Episodes in Experiential Futures
VIS-2345 Offsite/Onsite: Curating Contemporary Architecture (not offered AY 2023/24)
VIS-2484 Interdisciplinary Art and Design Practices
DES 3336 Landscape Fieldwork: People, Politics, Practices (with FAS) (not offered AY2023/24)
DES 3364 Knowledge Design: What should or could knowledge look like in the 21st century? (not offered AY 2023/24)
HIS 4374 Cities, Infrastructures, and Politics: From Renaissance to Smart Technologies
HIS 4395 Environmentalisms: How to have a Politics? (not offered AY 2023/24)
HIS 4468 On Architecture and Property
PRO 7445 Urban Stack: Practice Methods for a Complex World
PRO 7448 Products of Practice: From code to plan to code

MIT 11.422 Law, Technology, and Public Policy

The objectives for core course selection should expose students to the following:
1. General concepts of governance and participation
2. General concepts of societal conflicts, crisis, contestations that effect the built and natural environment
3. Forms of practice that engage the publics
4. Varied forms of public domains

Students contemplating cross-registering for courses at another Harvard school must abide by the dates and policies of the school in which the course is offered. Priority for enrollment may be given to the other school’s students first before cross-registrations are accepted — enrollment is not guaranteed. See

(Required courses for students who entered in 2021.)