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Graduate Certificate in Urban Design

This program is currently on hold. If you are interested in this program please contact the College of Architecture and Environmental Design office at 330-672-2789.

The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) offers a graduate Certificate in Urban Design (C.U.D.) as an opportunity for architecture students and graduates, as well as professionals interested in continuing education, to acquire specialized knowledge and skills in the area of urban design.


Consistent with the mission of the Kent State University - Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, whose facility in downtown Cleveland hosts the program, the thrust of this certificate lies primarily in the “participatory approach” to design and planning. Lecture courses and seminars focus on urban social and cultural issues, while the design workshops and studios develop strategies and solutions for specific urban areas and neighborhoods. Interaction with local communities is also part of the program. Due to its flexibility, short duration and broad range of elective courses, the program is particularly suitable for part-time students with work experience and clearly defined professional interests.