Master’s programme in Urbanism Studies
This one-year Master’s programme is aimed at graduates from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and city planning who are specifically concerned with design issues of the public realm and the effects these have on social life and human behaviour. Our focus is to deepen theoretical and design knowledge, changing the mindset of professionals regarding the importance and value of the public realm in the design of our cities.
Urbanism Studies at KTH
The rationale behind Urbanism Studies is for professionals to understand and work in interdisciplinary urban design and city planning teams, coupled with the growing desire for cities to establish different, new forms of urban living. As the goal of this programme is to move design thinking from objects to places, our core Urban Studios and Modules differ from traditional studios/modules in several ways.
Our approach involves in-depth explorations of urban design issues by combining five topic-based modules situated within the three studio courses. Ongoing seminar reading series and urban film studies are included in the studios. The integrated final thesis project builds upon the previous three studios and five modules, leading to a thesis portfolio that reflects the main achievements and thinking of each student as an outcome and product of their intense, focused learning throughout the year.
Furthermore, students are offered the opportunity to be exposed and collaborate with the guest faculty from some of the leading Built Environment (Urbanism) programs in the world: ETH Zürich, CED at UC Berkeley, UCL Bartlett in London, LSE Cities – London School of Economic and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, as well as some others. This offers students a fantastic global collaborative opportunity on a wide range of real world cases. Urbanism Studies is externally supported and financed by Ax: son Johnson Foundation, as well as by KTH – Royal Institute of Technology.
The prospects on the labor market for graduates from the programme are exceptional. Employers can be found in the public sector, municipal, regional, national as well as in the private sector (architects, residential, construction and consulting) where graduates receive design, planning, formative, coordinating, investigating and acting competition tasks. Our urbanism studies graduates can expect to go to work for planning and design consultancies; city agencies; business and development groups; urban -regional planning agencies; state planning agencies; private developers; non-profit community and affordable housing developers and also continue with research within academia. Program has close ties to professionals active in the field (through studios), which means that urbanism studies students are given an opportunity to build strong initial networks that can help in kick-starting their careers.
Aside from, the Master’s programme in Urbanism Studies offers four Ax: son Johnson Foundation sponsored scholarships (These scholarships only cover the tuition costs for KTH, not living expenses)
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Faculty and research
KTH – Royal Institute of Technology (School of Architecture and the Built Environment), National and International permanent and alternating Faculty from different Universities and departments are engaged in Urbanism program coming from Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture and City Planning research, teaching, and professional design practice. The Program Faculty has a mission in teaching under the umbrella of urbanism studies with emphasis on public spaces and urban spaces through an integrated approach to planning, design, and architecture. The urbanism programme is delivered through a combination of design and programmatic studios, lectures, seminars, workshops, case-study presentations, site visits and Nordic, European and Global field trips.
For questions regarding programme content and specific admission requirements, feel free to contact the programme director.
Changes in the programme may occur.