Livable Cities

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The Master of Urban Design (MUD) is a one-year, full-time degree offered by the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA).

A Winning Combination

The way we design cities has never been more important. The MUD degree will equip urban designers with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the challenges of global growth. Delivered in the context of real projects with real problems and real clients, this approach creates the capacity to understand the differences and similarities between cities near and far. Through hands-on and one-on-one investigations of design problems, both in the Vancouver region and around the world, future urban designers will learn how to address the growing importance of cities to global sustainability and apply synthetic design approaches to city development.

Graduates of this cutting-edge degree will be able to identify urban design problems and quickly synthesize planning, cultural, and economic data into rational and livable urban design proposals appropriate to diverse contexts.


With a deep commitment to the integrity, quality and stewardship of the built and natural environment, the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) has developed a reputation for sustainable design, green infrastructure, community engagement and addressing public realm issues. It is ranked in the top tier of design schools both nationally and internationally.

Leading-Edge Faculty

SALA faculty have gained global respect for urban design, publishing books and building successful urban design projects both here and across the globe. They are engaged with real-world projects and have collectively laid the foundation for many of the developments that have made the Vancouver region famous for urban design. Along with professional urban designers from some of the most innovate offices in the region and North America, no other place can provide such immersive, hands-on and real-world exposure to the cutting edge in urban design.


Vancouver’s international reputation for smart and sustainable design makes it an ideal location to study urban design at all scales. Whether working with community partners, leveraging the region’s reputation as one of the world’s most livable cities or investigating urban challenges around the globe, students enrolled in the program will develop solutions to real-world problems

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“Managing urban areas has become one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century. Our success or failure in building sustainable cities will be a major factor in the success of the post-2015 UN development agenda.”
- John Wilmoth, Director of UN DESA’s Population Division