Master of Urban Design (1-year)

The Master of Urban Design brings together students and faculty in the exploration and definition of guiding principles of urban design for building better regions, cities and communities. Program Director Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk is recognized for her foundational role in the development of the New Urbanism as an alternative to urban and suburban sprawl. Students investigate the range of contemporary urban theory and its relation to local contexts and populations globally. 

The curriculum offers students the opportunity to work directly with municipalities and private sector groups and prepares students to be effective designers and advocates for both private and public sector development enterprises. The highly-integrated curriculum and close faculty support promote an intensive and rewarding experience which draws from vanguard work in the academy and the profession.

Recent studios have focused on redevelopment in cities around the US, as well as in Asia, Europe, South and Central America. In the last semester of the program, the Urban Design students collaborate with Real Estate Development + Urbanism students through a capstone charrette, an outreach project that engages students, faculty, consultants and community advocates in a place-based project.

Program curriculum

MUD projects gallery
MUD thesis gallery
Youtube video

Director of Master of Urban Design: Prof. Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk
Email: epz@miami.edu 

Nicole Hejazi, Assistant Director
Graduate Programs
1223 Dickinson Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
Tel. 305-284-3060
Email: nhejazi@miami.edu