School of Architecture, The University of Sheffield
The MA in Urban Design programme addresses a growing national and international need for professionals who are knowledgeable and skilled in urban design. It has been increasingly recognized that urban design and urban designers form the long neglected yet crucial link that can mediate between individual architectural projects and overall planning strategies.
The Sheffield MA in Urban Design programme is characterized through a strong design focus, the integration of participation and participatory design processes, and an international relevance combined with regional appliance.
The strong focus on participatory design of the MA in Urban Design is unique amongst national and international courses in Urban Design. It combines two of the most topical issues in the discourse regarding the production of the built environment – participation and urban design. It aims to produce graduates with highly developed design skills, but in a manner in which those skills are understood within a broad social, environmental and economic context.
The course draws strongly on the Sheffield School of Architecture´s intellectual ethos, which emphasises social and environmental responsibilities in relation to the design and production of the built environment. The MA in Urban Design further builds on the department's acclaimed research and teaching expertise, specifically in the field of participatory design, and extends the approach of its M.Arch Architectural Designprogramme, which has built an international reputation for the political and strategic focus of its work.
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