Master of Infrastructure Planning

The Master of Infrastructure Planning is an intensive, one-year, studio-based program that will help you develop expertise in analyzing, planning and designing the built environment across a range of scales.

Summary

  • MIP students acquire the skills and expertise to tackle critical urban challenges.
  • Students develop planning and design proposals that actively seek to transform urban conditions by making cities more equitable, sustainable and beautiful.
  • Projects range in scale from the design of discrete physical interventions, to the restructuring of urban districts, to the reimagining of mega-regions.
  • During the first semester, program participants engage in design projects aimed at improving local urban conditions in the New York metropolitan region, whereas the second semester is dedicated to inventing new urban design paradigms in international settings.
  • The program focuses on innovative urban design and planning practice that is informed by in-depth local analysis and global understanding of large-scale forces at work in city-making and urbanization.
  • Using new and emergent techniques, students learn to analyze and visualize both the physical and non-physical forces shaping urban conditions to design in a variety of urban contexts and scales, and to critically evaluate the social, economic and ecological impact of their own urban design proposals and interventions.
  • Over the past 10 years, MIP studios have focused on the most pressing urban challenges of our time.
  • Major research themes in the past five years have centered on planning, designing and rebuilding in the face of climate change, an increase in extreme weather events and sea-level rise.
  • MIP students have directly participated in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s "Rebuild by Design" initiative.
  • Studios have also addressed the challenges of changing demographics, such as the aging of the world’s population, the ethnic diversification of suburbs and socio-spatial exclusion in cities.
  • The goal of the studios is to introduce students to the tools of urban design and planning. Studio members work at a variety of scales and use a variety of techniques, ranging from small-scale, community-based approaches that improve local conditions to large-scale strategic visions.
  • By the completion of the program, participants have experience in urban analysis and visualization, stakeholder and community engagement, the development of small-scale urban interventions, master and legacy planning and strategic visioning.
  • The intent is to provide new skills and perspectives to practitioners that enhance their ability to design comprehensively and systemically at the urban scale, and to use these abilities to improve design outcomes at the scale of buildings.

Core Faculty

Jonathan Smitherson

Theodore, Georgeen

Director, MIP Program; Professor

Theodore, Georgeen
Director, MIP Program; Professor, School of Architecture
Official
Weston Hall, Room 567

Advisement

Jonathan Smitherson

Theodore, Georgeen

Director, MIP Program; Professor

Theodore, Georgeen
Director, MIP Program; Professor, School of Architecture
Official
Weston Hall, Room 567
Jonathan Smitherson

Celik, Zeynep

Celik, Zeynep
Official
533 Weston
Jonathan Smitherson

Esperdy, Gabrielle

Associate Professor

Esperdy, Gabrielle
Associate Professor, School of Architecture
Official
533 Weston
Jonathan Smitherson

Lecavalier, Jesse

Assistant Professor

Lecavalier, Jesse
Assistant Professor, Architecture
Official
Colton 334
Jonathan Smitherson

Schuman, Anthony W.

Interim Dean

Schuman, Anthony W.
Interim Dean, School Of Architecture
Official
346 Weston
Jonathan Smitherson

Sollohub, Darius T.

Associate Professor

Sollohub, Darius T.
Associate Professor, New Jersey School Of Architecture
Official
531 Weston