The Master of Architecture and Urban Design builds upon the expanding area of study involving the design and management of urban form and the public realm alongside architecture's role in contributing to the urban experience. The Master of Architecture and 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 silos using twentieth century architectural and 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, air quality, land-use, safety, alongside economic, environmental, social and cultural aspects of the city. There is a growing need for design professionals that are skilled at working at a range of scales - from the individual building scale through to whole cities and regions. Graduates will have skills and knowledge to respond to these challenges and be prepared to make meaningful contributions in careers as architects and urban designers in private practices including urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, and planning practices as well as local government positions in planning authorities and local city councils.