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Architecture, Urban & Regional Design, M.S.

The M.S.AURD program is a three-semester (1.5 year), 36-credit, post-professional master's degree in Architecture, Urban and Regional Design. Candidates with a first professional degree in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban planning are eligible to apply.

The quickly evolving and globalized field of Urban Design comprises the study of the form and performance of cities. During the current era of pervasive, rapid, and unprecedented global urbanization, the complexity of contemporary cities is addressed in the M.S.AURD program through the capacity, scope and scale of urban design thinking and action. Within this dynamic disciplinary setting, the M.S.AURD program confronts the challenges and opportunities faced by urban designers within the global context of 21st century urbanism. Advanced research in the M.S.AURD program is driven by methods with which to manage climatic forces and generate urban form, with the objective of achieving more sustainable and resilient cities. Students in the program acquire specialist design skills, tools and expertise in preparation for future careers in urban design practice, research and teaching. Given these theoretical and methodological lenses, the M.S.AURD program sees design practice as a vehicle with which to configure critical and innovative responses to contemporary and future urban challenges.

Located at NYIT’s campus in the heart of New York City, the M.S. program is directed and taught by international faculty, and benefits from collaborations with public and private organizations, and from the support of design professionals actively participating in shaping the future of the New York City metropolitan area. In a series of advanced design studios, New York City serves as the program’s primary urban laboratory, along with megacities and urban metropolitan regions worldwide.

A sequence of three advanced urban design studios (Fall, Spring, Fall) are organized thematically.

Project New York: The first semester studio explores potential transformations to the existing conditions of the metropolis of New York City, which serves as a living urban laboratory for the M.S.AURD program. Facilitated by various outreach initiatives and partnerships with other institutions, students engage with leading New York-based and international stakeholders.

Urban Climate Lab: In a rapidly urbanizing world threatened by climate change, the second semester agenda equips students with a computational toolbox to confront these challenges, including ecological simulation of dynamic climatic behaviors, and their performative impact on spatial models of dense, low-carbon, and climate resilient urbanism.

Global Megacities: Students in the final semester are exposed to global perspective on urbanism, through the study of diverse urban metropolitan regions worldwide. In recent years, the program has traveled to, and has worked on sites based in cities including, Paris, Naples, Milan, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

M.S.AURD has been approved for STEM designation. International students are eligible to apply for an OPT permit to work in the United States for up to 3 years after graduation.

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