Areas of Emphasis
We offer the four following concentrations from which PhD students can choose:
- Design emphasizes the role of the designed environment in contributing to human well-being and provides opportunities, through practice and research, to explore issues that include pedagogy, design production, practice, history, and theory.
- Planning considers the theory and methods of public decision-making and the development of models and tools to understand and improve decision-making processes, both public and private.
- Sustainability explores ways by which the design and planning professions can better provide for the environmental and resource needs of people without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
- Place Making explores the importance of place in human life and considers ways by which design and policy might better make physical environments that work as robust human places and evoke a powerful sense of place.
These four concentrations are interconnected. In an effort to provide students with a holistic understanding of the environmental design and planning professions, the program encourages opportunities for doctoral students and faculty members to reach across the different areas of emphasis.