The Catholic University of America

Urban Practice

"Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan."
-Eliel Saarinen
The Urban Practice concentration of the MArch programs focuses on urban design as a civic art and interaction of the physical, historical, theoretical, moral and ethical fabric that impacts and shapes communities.  Students in this concentration examine architecture and the city through the study of urban morphology and corresponding building typologies, critical examination of conventional and unconventional practices, and investigation of the impacts of new urban spaces on the social and cultural needs of communities. 
Subjects within the Urban Practice concentration are framed within the contexts of cultural, scalar, economic, civic and material systems.
All programs at CUArch are located in the culturally and architecturally diverse Washington, DC metropolitan area.  As an added benefit, students in the Urban Practice concentration will have the opportunity to observe live examples of a variety of historic and contemporary design styles and communities to further enrich their studies.