Urban design deals with the urban macroform at the macro-scale, with the formation and shaping of various pieces of urban land at the meso-scale, and with all buildings and spaces between them at the micro-scale. It also deals with the design and construction of urban
elements, while providing necessary inputs to different designers to help them design under a common language within the framework of larger pieces of urban land the development of which is spread over time.
The Graduate Program in Urban design aims at educating students who have a background in city planning, architecture and other related disciplines and who are interested in the subject. The main objectives of the program are to develop the theoretical frameworks which will generate those structures related to form, identity and action at all scales of the city; develop new design languages and techniques; and equip those interested professionals of related fields with the skills and knowledge about the use of administrative, legal and fiscal tools with reference to real world situations.
Urban Design Graduate Program is completed in four semesters (two years). In the first two semesters, applied and theoretical courses are offered. In the following two semesters, it is expected from the student to work on a master’s thesis under the supervision of his/her thesis advisor.