For students entering Fall 2021

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-9307 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
DES 3348 The Idea of Environment
DES 3398 Migration in Latin-America: Imagining Flux, Rapid Response and Reversibility
HIS 4115 Histories and Theories of Urban Interventions
HIS 4465 The Sociological Imagination: Conceptual Foundations for the Urban Planning and Design Professions
SES 5213 Equitable Development and Housing Policy in Urban Settings (at HKS)
SES-5291 Theories for Practice in Conflict, Crisis, and Recovery
SES-5380 Experimental Infrastructures
SES 5381 Urban Design & the Color Line
SES 5383 Developing for Social impact
SES 5386 Urban Ethnographies
SES 5409 Climate Justice
SES 5429 Reimagining Social Infrastructure and Collective Futures
SES 5435 Land Policy and Planning for Equitable and Fiscally Healthy Communities
SES 5502 Urban Governance and the Politics of Planning in the Developing World

Landscape Architecture
VIS 2344 Constructing Visual Narratives of Place
DES 3241 Theories of Landscape as Urbanism
DES 3336 Landscape Fieldwork: People, Politics, Practices (with FAS)
DES 3396 Thinking Landscape – Making Cities
SES 5382 Making Participation Relevant to Design
SCI 6244 Climate by Design

VIS-2484 Interdiscipliary Art and Design Practices
DES 3333 Culture, Conservation & Design
DES 3352 Type and the Idea of the City: Architecture’s Search for what is Common
DES 3357 Experiments in Public Freedom
DES 3358 An Unsentimental Look at Architecture and Social Craft
DES 3364 What should or could (scholarly) knowledge look like in the 21st century? A Knowledge Design Seminar
HIS 4374 Cities, Infrastructures, and Politics: From Renaissance to Smart Technologies
HIS 4468 On Architecture and Property
HIS 4476 Architecture’s Bodies: Agency and Biopolitics
HIS 4479 Power & Place: Culture and Conflict in the Built Environment
SES 5370 Environment, Economics, and Enterprise
PRO 7445 Elements of the Urban Stack
PRO 7448 Products of Practice: From code to plan to code

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