Washington University in St. Louis offers critically engaged, interdisciplinary programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, and Sustainable Urbanism. Our students graduate with an expanded view of the world, a passion to facilitate change, and the skills to make a lasting impact.
In the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design’s Master of Urban Design (MUD) program, we focus on how to transform cities for the 21st century as active and informed participants. Our innovative structure allows students to pursue advanced design and research while developing a rigorous theoretical and professional foundation. Studios integrate concepts of architecture, landscape architecture, and infrastructural and ecological urbanism. They are research-oriented, yet speculative and exploratory.
Founded by Fumihiko Maki and Roger Montgomery in 1961, our program is built for experiential immersion learning. Your work will be deeply engaged with place—in St. Louis, throughout the United States, and abroad. Locally, we collaborate with agencies and communities on real initiatives to create more equitable and environmentally conscious strategies, systems, and cities. Internationally, we work with renowned practitioners in intense, mega-growth developments to address evolving urbanization across the globe. Some of our recent studios were held in Accra, Dubai, Johannesburg, Kigali, and London.
Urban design takes an expansive view of the built environment. It unifies the social, political, economic, and environmental forces in our cities. Our program prepares you for global leadership in the development of humane cities for a more sustainable world.
The MUD program is centered on a core sequence of three studios (Elements of Urban Design, Lively City Studio, and Global Urbanism Studio) and three seminars (Metro Development, Metro Sustainability, and Metro Urbanism). We approach urban design through a full range of scales: from the mega-region to the district, from the district to the street, and ultimately, to the design of the public realm as the place of lively and vibrant community life.
With an architectural landscape that is modern and historic, St. Louis has deep cultural roots and a thriving creative scene. It is a laboratory and archive, epicenter and flux. Here, graduates have gotten their first public commissions, opened practices, and started businesses from furniture design to fashion. You can go anywhere from here.
As part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, MUD students benefit from collaborations with students across disciplines in architecture, art, and design, as well as the resources of Washington University, a tier-one research institution. Many of our students choose to pursue dual degrees that allow them to engage in cross-disciplinary exchange. Our most popular dual degree programs combine the MUD degree with a Master of Architecture or Master of Landscape Architecture degree.