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Urban Design
Virtual Open House

This page features virtual resources that will allow you to learn more about the program’s curriculum and connect with faculty and current students.

If you have any additional questions about the event or application process, please contact arch_admissions@columbia.edu

Monday, October 18

  • 10:00AM: Dean’s Welcome and Student-led Virtual Tour
    With Dean Amale Andraos

  • 1:00PM: M.S. Architecture and Urban Design Curriculum Overview

  • 3:00PM: Introduction to the Avery Library With Hannah Bennett, Director, and Ph.D. student Charlette Caldwell

Tuesday, October 19

  • 9:00AM: Practices of Community Engagement Lecture
    With Adjunct Associate Professor Kaja Kuhl
    In this seminar, students are introduced to different spaces, tools, and processes of engagement in urban planning and design. This session will include a guest lecture by Megan Marini, Principal of 3x3 Studio.

Friday, October 22

  • 11:00AM: Open Course: Difference and Design
    Urban Design Seminar led by Justin Moore
    Four hundred and odd years after colonialism and racial capitalism brought “twenty and odd” enslaved people from Africa to the dispossessed indigenous land that would later become the United States, the structures and systems that generate inequality and white supremacy persist. Our cities and their socioeconomic and built environments continue to exemplify difference. From housing and health to mobility and monuments, cities small and large, urban and rural, north and south demonstrate intractable disparities. The disparate impacts made apparent by the COVID-19 pandemic and the reinvigorated and global Black Lives Matter movement demanding change are remarkable. Change is another essential indicator of difference in urban environments, such as disinvestment, disaster, or gentrification. Cities must navigate how considerations like climate change and growing income inequality intersect with politics, culture, gender equality and identity, immigration, migration, and technology, among other conditions and forms of disruption.
Student Work

Visit the online 2021 End of Year Show to see student work from the Urban Design Studios, as well as final portfolios from each 2021 MSAUD graduate.

You can also browse the digital archive for work associated by studio and instructor, or scroll through the MSAAD program spreads of Abstract 2019, Columbia GSAPP’s annual publication of student work.

Urban Design Water Urbanism Studio III: Envisioning the Mississippi as a Living River

The Summer 2021 Urban Design Studio III explored how habitat and floodplain restoration, climate mitigation, and economic recovery can combine across the Mississippi River system at different sites and scales. With key National climate legislation under consideration in Congress, the time to advance joint nature-based infrastructure projects that foreground social justice in the Mississippi basin is now. Each project from the Headwaters in Minnesota to South Pass in Louisiana put forward positive, regenerative visions for key towns, cities and farms that add up to reduce catastrophic flooding, enhance biodiversity, expand regenerative agriculture and deploy unique financing models.

The studio was led by Kate Orff, Coordinator and MSAUD Program Director; Geeta Mehta; Justine Holtzman; Dilip Da Cunha; Adriana Chavez; and Victoria Vuono, Associate.

Urban Studio Studio II: The Climate Crisis—Imagining a Green New Deal in the Hudson Valley

Working in the Hudson Valley, the Fall Urban Design Studio operates at the regional scale and asks students to enter the discourse of urbanization beyond cities to engage unevenly dispersed socio-spatial ecosystems at multiple scales. View the resulting video-based student research here.

This studio was organized as part of the curricular initiative Public Works for a Green New Deal sponsored by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture as a part of their project Power: Infrastructure in America. The initiative assembled a series of courses from across programs at GSAPP during the fall 2019 semester to consider the social, technical, and political contours of the ambitious—but still largely undefined—proposal known as the Green New Deal (GND). Visit the Public Works page to learn more.

Career Services at Columbia GSAPP

Career Services at Columbia GSAPP strives to keep students in touch with the professional world beyond Avery Hall and professionals aware of our excellent students. Career Services organizes events throughout the year including career fairs, workshops, alumni networking events, and panel discussions.

Watch an interview with Karen Cover, Assistant Director of Career Services, by Josh Jordan, Director of the Making Studio and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP below. Their conversation was recorded in March 2021.

Urban Design Lecture Series
This series brings together leading practitioners to speak about today’s most pressing issues in the field of urban design.

Javier Vergara Petrescu

Urban Design Through Prototyping in Latin America: Civic Innovation, Tactics, and Strategies

July 28, 2021

Learn more here

Urban Design Publications
Many of the Urban Design studios produce readers that offer a glimpse into the participants’ design process as well as the resulting research.

6th Annual Urban Design Storytelling Symposium: Narrative Change for the Green New Deal
March 8, 2021

Visit the event page.
Abstract is the annual print publication of faculty-selected student work from Columbia University GSAPP, produced through the Office of Dean Amale Andraos.
GSAPP Conversations Podcasts: Urban Design Sessions

See the complete archive of ongoing podcasts on the GSAPP Conversations page.