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    Sep 30, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Urbanism Graduate Certificate

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The Urbanism Graduate Certificate gives students in a mechanism through which to develop a deep understanding of how architectural thinking impacts the myriad conditions of urbanism across multiple contexts. This Urbanism Graduate Certificate prompts both analytical and speculative work related to the richly layered processes that define the continuing formation of the city at multiple scales, from individual buildings to the larger metropolitan and regional scale of cities.

Students are asked to reflect on the larger roles and responsibilities of architecture in the contemporary city: in the arenas of urban development and growth; on infrastructure and land use; on the impact of urbanism on natural resources; and on questions of density and spatial patterning. Students doing design and research in the concentration will actively develop new knowledge regarding the complex relationships between economic, political, technological, and social conditions that are endemic in the urbanisms of North America and globally.

The Urbanism Graduate Certificate offers opportunities for topical study such as, but not limited to:

  • History and Theory of Urbanism
  • Urban Design, Landscape, and Infrastructure
  • Urban Morphology
  • Comparative Research and Understanding Between Cities Walkable Urbanism
  • The Impact of Automobility on Spatial Ordering Transit-Oriented Development
  • Urban Housing Development Networks and Systems

Potential Resources:

  • Governor’s Chair for Energy + Urbanism UTK Smart Communities Initiative Regional Planning Agencies in Knoxville Regional Planning Agencies in Nashville
  • Regional Planning Agencies in Chattanooga Nashville Civic Design Center
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Vanderbilt University Real Estate Development Program

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus

Credit Hours Required

18 graduate credit hours

Required Courses

All courses must meet the approval of Architecture Graduate Studies Chair in order to be counted towards the Urbanism Graduate Certificate. In addition, faculty will be required to approve the use of their course towards the concentration based on fitness of content. Documentation will be kept by the School of Architecture, but it is the student’s responsibility to solicit approval through the advising process.

  • Six credit hours from one of the following: ARCH 571  (6 credit hours), ARCH 583  (6 credit hours), ARCH 598  (6 credit hours), ARCH 599  (6 credit hours)
  • Plus six elective credit hours from one of these courses or similar courses per advising process: ARCH 515  (3 credit hours), ARCH 525  (1-3 credit hours), ARCH 550  (1-3 credit hours), ARCH 552  (1-3 credit hours), ARCH 554  (1-3 credit hours), ARCH 555  (1-3 credit hours)
  • Of the six elective credit hours, up to three credit hours may be from: ARCH 526  (3 credit hours), ARCH 591  (1-9 credit hours), ARCH 592  (1-9 credit hours), ARCH 593  (1-9 credit hours), LAR 526  (3 credit hours)
  • Of the six elective credit hours, up to 3 credit hours may be from approved courses in other departments, such as:


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