The Graduate Certificate of Urban Design focuses on designing for healthy city futures by embracing creative and speculative design thinking; cross-disciplinarity; alongside engagement with people, data and advanced technologies. Cities are growing at an unprecedented rate with over fifty per cent of the world's population now living in cities. This mass urbanisation presents urgent challenges, such as accommodating dense populations, responding to climate change, public health, housing affordability, urban mobility, and growing spatial complexity. These challenges cannot be addressed using traditional twentieth century urban planning methods - new multi-dimensional approaches are needed by professionals that embrace three-dimensional space, big-data along with change over time, temperature, humidity, sun and shade, land-use, alongside economic, environmental, social and cultural aspects of the city.
Graduates will have skills and knowledge to make contributions in careers in private practices including urban design, and planning practices or well as local government positions in local city councils.