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Architecture, Urban & Regional Design, M.S.

The MS.AURD is a program at the forefront of urban design research focused on issues of urbanization through the exploration of social, environmental, and technological domains. Gain a global perspective on urbanism through the study of iconic New York City and diverse urban metropolitan regions around the world.

Program Brief

The MS. in Architecture, Urban and Regional Design (MS.AURD) 3-semester post-professional program focuses on the intersection of urban forms, applied technology, climate resilience, ecosystems, and socio-cultural aspects of cities. In three advanced design studios, learn how to be an agent of change by responding to critical issues within the global context of 21st-century urbanism.

The MS.AURD is a program at the forefront of urban design research focused on issues of urbanization through the exploration of social, cultural, technological, and environmental domains. The program focuses on four main areas to project scenarios for FUTURE CITIES and URBAN INNOVATION:


  • Interscalar forms of urbanization
  • Climate Resilience
  • Applied Urban Technology
  • Socio-cultural aspects of Cities

Gain a global perspective on urbanism through the study of iconic New York City and diverse urban metropolitan regions around the world. The M.S.AURD builds on your existing professional degree in architecture, landscape or urban design. While studying in New York City, you’ll connect with organizations, institutions, stakeholders, and the larger community throughout the metropolitan area. You’ll also develop a global perspective on urbanism through international travel and project work. Recent sites have included Paris, Naples, Milan, and Shanghai.

Highlights

  • History/Theory of Urbanism
  • Advanced Systems of Representation for Urban Design
  • Climate change, Resiliency
  • Landscape Urbanism, Infrastructures, Ecology, Sustainable and Biophilic Cities
  • Urban Technology, Data-driven Urban Analytics, Computational Urbanism, Smart Technologies, Environmental Modeling
  • Socio-Cultural dynamics, Community Engagement, Urban-Public Interest Design, Public Space
  • Social Justice, Equity, Public Health
Shenger “Anna” Dai (M.S. '2017)

AECOM

Now an urban designer in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China for infrastructure firm AECOM, Anna’s graduate work included a design studio in which she explored ways of bringing together Brooklyn communities in the Flatbush Avenue area.

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Farcia Soares (M.S. ‘17)

Architectural Designer

After serving as a research and teaching assistant in the vertical undergraduate-graduate community design studio while attending New York Tech, Farcia was hired by NYC-based Grimshaw to work on aviation, rail transportation, hospitality, and commercial design projects.

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Shiva Ghomi (M.S. '18)

Entrepreneur

Shiva Ghomi took her love of resilient design and opened Sparc Office, a boutique firm with locations in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Amsterdam. Committed to “social-cultural resiliency,” it focuses on creating affordable housing projects in New York City.

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“The M.S.AURD is a program at the forefront of urban design research focused on issues of urbanization through the exploration of social, cultural, technological, and environmental domains.”

Marcella Del Signore, M.Arch.

MS.AURD Director, School of Architecture and Design

Exceptional experiences.
Outstanding outcomes.

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New York Tech is ranked among the top 50 regional universities in the North.

How You’ll Succeed

You’ll make career-boosting connections by collaborating with public and private organizations, as well as design professionals actively participating in shaping the future of the New York City area.

Through a range of in-depth courses and our three advanced design studios, you will:


  • Acquire specialized design skills and expertise for careers in urban design practice, research, and teaching.
  • Conduct advanced research-driven by design approaches and interdisciplinary methods.
  • Gain advanced expertise in urbanism principles and practices.

You’ll graduate with an advanced proficiencies that employers are looking for, including computational skills such as:


  • Advanced modeling and representation for Urban Design
  • Advanced Digital Fabrication processes such as laser cutting, 3-D printing, CNC milling, and Robotics.
  • Environmental Modeling and ecological simulation of dynamic climatic behaviors and their performative impact on spatial models of dense, low-carbon, and climate-resilient urbanism.
  • GIS, Geospatial Data Science, Smart technologies.

International F-1 students who successfully complete this degree are eligible for an additional 24-month STEM OPT extension to work in the U.S. in an area directly related to their area of study immediately upon completing the customary 12-month post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).

USNWR Best Colleges - Regional

Top-Tier Ranking

New York Tech is ranked among the top 50 regional universities in the North.

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