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Architecture, Urban & Regional Design, M.S.

The contemporary field of urban design is fluid, fast-moving, and global. NYIT's 36-credit, three-semester (1.5 year) graduate program in urban and regional design confronts the challenges of urban design in the context of 21st-century cities and regions.

Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, our program draws from world-class faculty, public and private organizations, and active professionals leading global practices based in the New York City metropolitan area. NYIT's strategic campus setting enables you to combine theory with experience by living, working, and conducting research in a variety of urban contexts in New York City and beyond.

Our advanced design studio sequence focuses on the intersection of urban form, sustainability, and climate, and is organized by theme:

  • New York City: Explore the contemporary metropolis after relentless urbanization. Leverage New York City as a research platform in design studio, investigate formal urban design precedents, and engage with leading NYC and global stakeholders.
  • Urban Climate Lab: Research the intersection of urban form, low-carbon cities, and climate to prepare future practitioners confronting a rapidly urbanizing world threatened by climate change.
  • Global Megacities: Integrate urban and regional design applied to the New York metropolitan region and world cities, including international studio modules.

Our program prepares you to succeed in the interdisciplinary field of urban design by providing pedagogical frameworks, historic analysis, and case studies for understanding urban populations, systems, and functions. You will test and apply these new insights, theories, and design prototypes to contemporary and future challenges. You’ll learn to apply a range of design tools, including digital modeling for urban design applied to population demographics, land use, infrastructure systems, and ecological performance indicators.

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Who We Are

News: Spotlight on Urban Design

Keep up-to-date with the latest news, events, and student work from our urban design program.

More about Urban Design

Urban Climate Lab Spring 2016

Explore integrated urban design and planning strategies for creating sustainable communities that can adapt and thrive under changing global conditions.

More Student Work

Meet Architect Jeffrey Raven

Associate professor, director of graduate program in urban design.

What We Do

Supporting Sustainable Megacities

NYIT investigates and seeks solutions to the big issues affecting megacities around the world.

Sustainable Megacities

A Day in the Life at NYIT (Architecture)

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A Day in the Life

Designed for Humans: Resilient Architecture

Students and faculty at NYIT are designing green solutions to the challenges of climate change.

Resilient Design

Career Options

An NYIT degree is your passport to an exciting future in an in-demand field. Possible career opportunities for graduates with this degree include:

  • Architect-urban design specialist
  • Sustainable and resilient planning expert
  • Urban development policy expert

Tuition, Scholarships, & Financial Aid

We believe it's important to offer access to opportunity to all qualified students. NYIT has one of the lowest private tuitions in New York State and provides more than $40 million in institutional financial aid each year.

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