As a post-professional studio based program, the Master of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD) and the Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design (MLAUD) combines intense design instruction, extensive applied research, and knowledge of urban history and theory.

Taking advantage of the remarkable international makeup of the faculty and student body, the MAUD/MLAUD program establishes a common intellectual ground among architects who have a strong interest in engaging the practice and theory of contemporary urbanism.

Conceived as a two-year (four semester) program, MAUD/MLAUD core curriculum includes the Elements of Urban Design studio and Cities by Design seminar courses in the fall, followed by the Histories and Theories of Urban Interventions and Public and Private Development lecture courses in the spring. An otherwise flexible academic path in each of the four semesters allows students to engage in advanced studios and elective courses across all three GSD departments as well as other schools at Harvard and MIT. The curricular structure also encourages advanced research and the possibility to develop an individual elective thesis.


The MAUD/MLAUD program at the GSD engages multiple design topics that cut across a variety of scales and urban scenarios both within the North American context and in multiple international settings. The program’s studio components focus on speculative design strategies that explore inventive design procedures within a diverse set of urban conditions.

Topics include schemes and scenarios for existing urbanized areas—including the analysis and restructuring of areas from the inner city to the metropolitan edge, the development of new territories—from cities to towns, districts and neighborhoods, and the extension or transformation of historic and contemporary contexts. Recently explored studio geographies include Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Mumbai, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and Shanghai among many others.

In addition to the program’s core curriculum, MAUD/MLAUD students can construct a trans-disciplinary course of study with option studios, lectures and seminar courses from all three departments within the GSD as well as courses from Harvard and MIT’s offerings. As advanced students, MAUD candidates are encouraged to work closely with faculty through the many research labs within the GSD and in other ongoing faculty led applied research and design projects.

Who Should Apply

The program leading to the Master of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD) is intended for individuals who have completed a five-year undergraduate professional program in architecture or its equivalent.

The program leading to the Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design (MLAUD) is intended for individuals who have completed a four-year undergraduate professional program in landscape architecture or its equivalent.

Students enrolled in the GSD’s professional program in Architecture are also encouraged to apply for a concurrent urban design degree, for which an individual curriculum may be arranged.

Two to three years of experience in professional practice is strongly recommended.

Please note that the MAUD/MLAUD program is now designated as a STEM program making international MAUD/MLAUD graduates eligible to extend their F-1 visas for up to three years in order to work in the United States.

To inquire about admission to the MAUD/MLAUD program, please contact the Admissions Office.