The urbanism concentration gives students in the College of Architecture and Design a mechanism through which to develop a deep understanding of how architectural thinking impacts the myriad conditions of urbanism across multiple contexts. This concentration 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 concentration 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:

  • 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

To be included in the concentration, all courses must be approved by the Architecture Graduate Studies Chair in consultation with the faculty and will be based on the content of the specific course the student completed. 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:
  • Plus six elective credit hours from one of these courses or similar courses per advising process:
  • Of the six elective credit hours, up to three credit hours may be from:
  • Of the six elective credit hours, up to 3 credit hours may be from approved courses in other departments, such as: