Whether you are pursuing your studies or working in the industry, Lawrence Technological University’s Graduate Certificate in Urban Design can provide a firm grounding in the theory, methods, and practical skills needed to branch out into a unique and specialized discipline.

Designed for students who hold an undergraduate degree in architecture and are preparing to enter a graduate program, those currently enrolled in the Master of Architecture, or practicing professionals looking to enhance their credentials, this 12-credit-hour “fast-track” program can help you take your career to the next level.


The certificate courses are as follows

ARC 5732    Urban Theory
ARC 5742 Urban Design Methods
ARC 5752 Quantitative Methods in Urban Design
ARC 5762 Urban Design Policy and Implementation
ARC 5772 Case Studies in Urban Design
ARC 6792 Urban Design Practicum



For More Information about the Certificate in Urban Design please contact:

Alice McHard
248.204.2834 p

Lawrence Tech Office of Admissions or 800.CALL.LTU


Why Lawrence Tech’s Certificate in Urban Design?

The urban design certificate program at Lawrence Tech provides you the fundamental knowledge and critical thinking skills required to influence the design of urban and suburban environments. In these modern times, there is a critical need for professionals who understand cities and their associated regions. Urban designers combine their expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning to create functional, beautiful, and sustainable environments.

As a student in the urban design certificate program at Lawrence Tech, you’ll explore issues that face Detroit, as well as cities and regions around the world, and learn how to bring to life buildings, transportation, neighborhoods, and more. An interdisciplinary program, the Graduate Certificate in Urban Design focuses on integrating the built and natural environments, as well as layering culture, economics, history, technology, and theory. As a certificate holder, you will be uniquely positioned to become a design consultant or obtain positions in design or planning firms, municipal planning departments, and non-profit organizations specializing in the design, planning, and development of the built environment.

The Graduate Certificate in Urban Design capitalizes on the diverse global background and strong professional connection of the faculty in order to prepare you to become a leader in shaping urban environments. In addition to the one-on-one mentoring you’ll receive from dedicated faculty, you’ll benefit from exceptional exposure to cutting-edge technology. You’ll have access to a variety of industry-standard software, including Google Earth Pro, Sketch Up Pro, Rhinoceros, Space Syntax, ArcGIS, AutoCAD, and Revit. Throughout your studies you’ll study topics in urban design such as theory, methods, and policy and implementation, as well as actual case studies.

Unlike many other similar programs, Lawrence Tech’s Graduate Certificate in Urban Design is grounded in theory and practice. The urban design practicum class, taken at the final stage of your program, is offered at Lawrence Tech’s Detroit Studio. This community outreach effort, sponsored by Lawrence Tech’s College of Architecture and Design, encourages you to apply classroom concepts to real-world projects that not only provide you with valuable and marketable experience, but also help to make a difference in the community.