As the name suggests, urban design is focused on the design of urban projects, cities and urban regions, including the two and three-dimensional physical arrangements of land subdivision and land uses, infrastructure, streets, highways, landscapes and buildings, in both public and private ownerships.
Ultimately, urban design aims to design and build places that are environmentally, socially, and culturally sustainable, and that evolve over time to accommodate new people, new uses and new buildings. Although it is a specialized discipline, Urban Design shares academic and professional ties with Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering.
As the globally connected intellectual and geographic center of an expanding metropolis of almost six million, Georgia Tech and Atlanta provide a laboratory for debating the present and envisioning the future of Atlanta and contemporary cities across the globe.
An accomplished and diverse faculty in School of Architecture and School of City and Regional Planning supports urban design studies at Georgia Tech. International programs, including Modern Architecture and the Modern City and the International Urban Design Workshop, provide global perspectives and global opportunities for study, research and practice. The Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development and the Center for Geographic Information Systems provide supporting interdisciplinary platforms for urban design research.
The College of Architecture at Georgia Tech offers several paths to study urban design in the School of Architecture and the School of City and Regional Planning: