School of Urban & Regional Planning

Florida Atlantic University

Bachelor of Urban Design

The Bachelor of Urban Design degree program is the first undergraduate program within the State University System of Florida that provides a broader knowledge of the principles and practices of urban design. It is only the second urban design program at the undergraduate level in the nation.

Urban design is situated at the intersection of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban & regional planning. The Bachelor of Urban Design (BUD) degree program is designed for students who are interested in design of the built environment toward sustainable development at the neighborhood, community, and city scale. The program offers an "interdisciplinary approach" for students who plan to pursue a professional career in an urban discipline such as urban & regional planning, urban development policy, real estate development, municipal and planning law, as well as, design disciplines including architecture and landscape architecture at the graduate level.

The program not only utilizes the South Florida Metropolitan Region as an "urban living laboratory" for the students to exercise their urban design creativity, but also covers national and global context. Students’ experience will also benefit from partnerships forged between the BUD program and practitioners and private design and consulting firms, with both local and international experience, in the South Florida Metropolitan area.

Why do you want to be an urban designer?

More than 50% of the global population and more than 80% of the U.S. population live in urban areas. The quality of the urban environment that enhances human experience by constructing and/or preserving meaningful places is crucial for urban regions to better livability, social justice, economic activity, and the natural environment. There is an increasing need for urban design professionals (in private companies, public agencies at all levels of government, as well as within non-governmental organizations) to tackle various challenges in urban development.

These challenges include the following:

  • guiding higher density infill developments in traditional urban centers
  • retrofitting obsolescent suburban developments
  • suggesting sustainable development at sprawling metropolitan fringes
  • designing basic transportation and mobility infrastructure to promote local economic development and support social justice.

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For questions pertaining to your application and admissions please contact Todd Hedrick (thedrick@fau.edu) or Fabio Rojas (frojas4@fau.edu).

For specific questions about the BUD program and its curriculum please contact Dr. Polakit, the BUD faculty coordinator, at kpolakit@fau.edu.