Luskin Design and Development Certificate


Luskin Design and Development Certificate

The Design and Development Graduate Certificate is a program available to UCLA students pursuing a graduate degree in urban planning. This certificate program is for urban planning students who would like to have a deeper specialization in city design and wish to take more courses and studios in Design and Development than those required by the area of concentration.

City design is a complex process that requires a deep understanding of cities as complex organisms, and the social, political, physical, and economic factors that affect the built environment. Students taking this certificate program will develop a methodological toolkit for studying, documenting, and transforming urban settings.   The curriculum balances theoretical seminars on city design, with methods courses, and applied design studios that equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in both research and practical contexts.

Interested students can review some of the work completed in this curriculum by following the links below or by clicking on the images at the bottom of the page.

Atwater Village



Atwater Village Design Proposal

Admission Requirements and Application Procedures:

Applicants for the Certificate in Design and Development who are currently enrolled or have been admitted to the UCLA Urban and Regional Planning program only need to submit the checklist to the department’s Graduate Advisor for adding the certificate program.

Required Courses (total of eight courses*)

Urbanization course (required, cannot be substituted)

  • 281 Introduction to History of Built Environment

Core courses (at least two courses from the following four)

  • 218 Graphics and Urban Information (required if no design background)
  • 274 Introduction to Physical Planning (required if no design background)
  • 279 Seminar: Public Space
  • 282 Urban Design: Theories, Paradigms, Applications

Studio requirement (Students should take at the minimum two studios, at least one of which has to be a design studio. If students have a prior degree in architecture or urban design they can petition to waive out of this requirement, and take instead two real estate studios.)

Design Studios

  • 219 Advanced Urban Design Studio (must have taken or waived UP 218 and UP 274 OR with instructor consent)
  • 252 TOD Studio
  • 269 Green Urbanism Studio
  • M404 Joint Planning/Architecture Studio

Real Estate Studios

  • M272 Real Estate Development and Finance
  • 272B Advanced Real Estate (must have taken or waived UP M272 or equivalent)
  • 273 Site Planning (must have taken or waived UP 218 and UP 274 OR with instructor consent)

Elective courses (at least two from the following)

  • 218 Graphics and Urban Information
  • 219 Informal City: Research & Regulation
  • M250 Transportation and Land Use: Urban Form
  • 261 Land Use Planning
  • 269 Special Topics: Urban Sustainability
  • M272 Real Estate Development
  • 273 Site Planning
  • 274 Intro to Physical Planning
  • 277 Historic Principles and Practices
  • 279 Seminar: Public Space
  • 280 Affordable Housing Development
  • 282: Urban Design: Theories, Paradigms, Applications
  • C284 Looking at Los Angeles
  • ARCH&UD M201 Theories of Architecture
  •  ARCH&UD M291 Introduction to Sustainable Architecture and Community Planning
  • ARCH&UD M292 Elements of Urban Design
  • ARCH&UD M293 Politics, Ideology, and Design
  • MGMT 279A Cases in Real Estate Investments (Sussman)
  • MGMT 279B Entrepreneurial Real Estate Development (Dietrich)

Development courses (at least one from the following)

  • 219 Advanced Real Estate
  • 245 Urban Public Finance
  • M272 Real Estate Development and Finance
  • 280 Affordable Housing Development

*courses cannot be double-counted in more than one area, and waived courses cannot count toward the eight courses.  For example, if you waive UP 218, you must take another course to replace it.

Students are also encouraged to take M206A (Intro to Geographic Information Systems) and M206B (Advanced Geographic Information Systems), but they are not part of the certificate program.

Top, Burbank Media Plaza 2050, visualized by the UP M404 Joint Architecture Studio (Spring 2010). Bottom, A Westwood Parklet, visualized by Leah Murphy, Erin Schlitts, and Brian Unser (UP 279 Public Space, Spring 2013)