UW Graduate School

Urban Design and Planning

The Urban Design and Planning Ph.D. program brings together faculty from disciplines ranging from Architecture to Sociology to focus on the interdisciplinary study of urban problems and interventions. Covering scales from neighborhoods to metropolitan areas, the program addresses interrelationships between the physical environment, the built environment, and the social, economic and political institutions and processes that shape urban areas. The breadth of this program permits students to pursue doctoral studies in the various aspects of urban design and planning as well as in a number of related social science, natural resource and engineering areas.

Program website

Degree(s) offered

Doctor of Philosophy (Urban Design & Planning)

Program director/interdisciplinary group chair

  • Marina Alberti, Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning

Primary Staff Contact

  • Jean Rogers, Program Operations Specialist, Graduate School

Interdisciplinary Faculty Group Membership

The following are the core/voting Graduate Faculty members of the interdisciplinary group. For a complete list of faculty active in the program, see the program website.

  • Dan Abramson, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning
  • Marina Alberti, Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning
  • Christine Bae, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning
  • Alan Borning, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Branden Born, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning
  • Ann Bostrom, Professor, Evans School of Public Affairs
  • Gordon Bradley, Professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
  • Christopher Campbell, Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning
  • Cynthia Chen, Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Elaine Faustman, Professor, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
  • Anne Goodchild, Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Stevan Harrell, Professor, Department of Anthropology
  • Miriam Kahn, Professor, Department of Anthropology
  • David Layton, Professor, Evans School of Public Affairs
  • Donald Miller, Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning
  • Monika Moskal, Associate Professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
  • Anne Vernez-Moudon, Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning
  • Robert Mugerauer, Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning
  • Timothy Nyerges, Professor, Department of Geography
  • Mark Purcell, Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning
  • Qing Shen, Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning