Urban Design Report (ARCH9060)


The Urban Design Report is a substantial project involving research conducted over one semester. It will usually take the form of an illustrated report (between 10,000 and 15,000 words) on an approved urban design subject of the student's choice. The subject may be of a practical bent (e.g. review or preparation of an urban design project) or more theoretical (e.g. review of a conceptual viewpoint), or it may occupy the middle ground (e.g. exploration of a contemporary issue or review/testing of a method). If of a more practical nature, its theoretical underpinning should be explicit. If more theoretical, it should refer to its practical implications. The report is an opportunity to advance knowledge and skills in a particular area of urban design and so develop a "professional edge". The aim of the Report is to enhance abilities and knowledge essential to the practice of urban design. These include the abilities to: define and address a practical or theoretical urban design problem; conduct such a project in an acceptable investigatory manner; think critically about the subject; identify, access and use appropriate and up-to-date information sources, including relevant theory and methods; and present the report, including appropriate illustrations, in a manner that shows both academic and professional competence. The report must demonstrate these features. Permission to continue the Urban Design Report is subject to the approval of a satisfactory research proposal by Week 3 of the semester in which the student is enrolled. The Urban Design report is to be submitted by the end of the first week of the formal examination period for the semester in which the student is enrolled.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


Individual supervision (approx. 1 hr/wk)


Urban design report (approx. 10,000 to 15,000 words) (90%); presentation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


48 credit points including ARCH9001


ARCH9031 or ARCH9045 or ARCH9046 or PLAN9010 or PLAN9011 or PLAN9018

Additional Information

This unit is for Master students in an Urban Design Stream only.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.