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  • MSArch, Landscape + Urbanism

    Lead through Design and Policy

    San Diego

     Apply Here!
  • MSArch, Landscape + Urbanism

    Lead through Design and Policy

    San Diego

     Apply Here!
  • MSArch, Landscape + Urbanism

    Lead through Design and Policy

    San Diego

     Apply Here!
Learn about MSArch L+U

MSArch in Landscape + Urbanism

The MSArch Landscape + Urbanism (L+U) program at Woodbury San Diego equips architects with the skills to lead through both the design of the built environment and the crafting of policy.  A three-semester degree for individuals holding a professional degree in architecture or landscape architecture, the program rethinks the boundaries of architectural practice. Immersed in global issues critical to urban growth—contested territories, cultural differences, globalization, and social and environmental justice—students develop the skills required to assess, envision, and lead spatial change in both established and developing territories.

With classes in Los Angeles, San Diego, and across the border in Tijuana, Mexico, the program uses the three cities region as an urban laboratory for on-site research. The vast and varied terrain of Southern California exemplifies the geo-political state of contemporary urbanism. In this volatile landscape, faculty and students work closely with the case studies. Students are asked to evolve positions on the practical and theoretical methods of re-shaping the world. Interdisciplinary training in policymaking and geographic information system (GIS) mapping gives students the expertise needed to participate in public discourse, strategize community organizing, and visualize the future of our built environment.

PREVI, a short film by L+U

In March 2013, as part of the second semester graduate studio in Landscape + Urbanism, students visited the city of Lima, Peru and the experimental housing project of PREVI (Proyecto Experimental de Vivienda).

This video includes the experiences of the residents who have lived in the development since its construction 44 years ago and academic opinions from professors of the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria regarding the urban impact and prototypical housing designs of the project.

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If you’re ready to apply to our MSArch L+U program, you can click the big APPLY button to do so electronically. If you have questions, use this contact form to get in touch with one of Woodbury School of Architecture’s dedicated admissions counselors. Someone will get back to you within 24 hours.

The admissions counselors will be able to answer all your questions about our programs, scholarships, financial aid, transfer credits, portfolios and anything else. They can also put you in touch with faculty and students who would be happy to talk to you about Woodbury.

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Director, Landscape + Urbanism:

Rene Peralta
Phone: 619-235-2900

Graduate Admissions Counselor:

Cesar Magallon
Phone: 619-235-2900 x420


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MSArch, Landscape + Urbanism Curriculum

The MSArch L+U curriculum promotes three areas of learning critical to makers of place: the refinement of investigative urban and rural site research and analysis perspectives–with an emphasis on describing the conflicting manifestations of globalization; the familiarization of design professionals with public policy processes – such that they are equipped to initiate urban projects for public benefit in any setting; and, the development of GIS mapping skills for communicating and disseminating urban visualizations and policy ideals to a wider audience.

Fall Semester 1
ARCH 691 Graduate Focus/Topic Studio
In the fall graduate focus/topic studio, MSArch students engage in critical design inquiry through the lens of their chosen focus. The studio projects articulate the emphasis and use it to test design responses to contemporary
issues in architecture and urbanism, broadly
ARCH 648 Criticism 4
In Criticism 4, the thesis preparation seminar, MSArch students study theory and techniques for analyzing and
integrating design methodologies, client or user needs,and site conditions into criteria for preparing a design thesis. The theoretical and practical context for the thesis project is researched and developed. Each student
produces a substantiated written position of intent and
articulates a design methodology.
Two to Three Electives
Spring Semester 1
ARCH 692 Graduate Thesis Studio
In the graduate thesis studio, students must demonstrate the application of theoretical research and critical positioning, plus the ability to integrate site, program and other design issues of architecture including space, time, aesthetics, context, inhabitation, and systems in
a self-initiated architectural design project that arises
from and makes a critical contribution to the student’s
chosen focus. The finished thesis project must demonstrate an advanced degree of critical thinking, technical skill, and knowledge of the craft of building through a rigorous and highly resolved level of work.
Graduate Focus/Topic Seminar
In the spring semester MSArch students continue to build an understanding of their focus through the choice of appropriate electives in consultation with the graduate
Two to Three Electives
MSArch students work with the graduate chair to identify
appropriate electives in support of their focus.
Summer Semester 1
ARCH 681 Focus and Topic Studio 2 (Thesis 2)
The final semester of the three-semester post-professional program can be completed in the summer or fall
semester. In the culmination of the post-professional
graduate Master of Science in Architecture program,
students develop their focused and self-directed thesis from the preceding term into a public product (exhibition, event, installation, publication).

Student Experiences

  • The L+U gave me an overview and proper way to address the challenges that arise in large and small cities in process of development. It is an excellent program for anyone interested in the improvement of quality of life by urban design.

    Ann Karen Higareda

    MSArch, L+U 2014