Urban Planning and Design Studio


Receive hands-on practice in professional urban planning and design skills in a studio/lecture format. Immerse yourself in planning and design principles, examples and case studies for today's communities. Critique land use plans and site designs, create and prepare site plans, and analyze and develop planning staff reports. Emphasis is placed on urban infill and sustainable community design, and the challenges and complexities of planning and urban design in growing communities. In-class studio work and critique, as well as guest lectures, a hands-on downtown design modeling charrette and field visits are also included. There will be a minimum of 24 hours of planning and design work conducted outside of class.

Academic Units
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Association Credits

American Planning Assoc (AICP)
30.00 AICP hours
CA Dept of Public Health (REHS)
30.00 REHS hours
State Bar of California (MCLE)
30.00 MCLE hours

Section Notes

This is an online, remote learning course, which consists of 30 hours of content and curriculum that is taught with pre-recorded lectures as well as at least one mandatory live Zoom session with the instructor(s). Pre-recorded lectures and live sessions are accessed via our Canvas learning system and Zoom. This course is the same length as a standard 5 day, in-person course, please be sure to plan your schedule accordingly. 

This course is open April 1 – May 17, 2024, with live sessions on Thursdays: April 4 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST, April 11 2:00 – 4:00 PM PST, April 18 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST, May 2 2:00 – 4:00 PM PST, May 9 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST and May 14 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM PST.

Attendance of the live sessions are mandatory to receive credit for this course.  

We allow registration through the 12:00 PM PST (noon) on the first day of the course. We cannot extend course access beyond 11:59 PM on last day of class, so students pursuing a late enrollment acknowledge that they will have less time to complete the materials. Please contact the course representative with any questions.  

Refund Deadline: March 25, 2024.  Refunds and/or enrollment transfers will not be approved after this date.

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. Click here to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

Refund Deadline: March 25, 2024.  Refunds and/or enrollment transfers will not be approved after this date.

Technical Requirements

Please view the technological requirements for online learning to ensure your success in this course: https://cpe.ucdavis.edu/areas-study/online-programs/technical-requirements


Info Session Discount

Attendees of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Information Sessions may be eligible for $100 discount on a class by entering the Coupon Code provided at the Information Session.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office, at (800) 752-0881, if you have questions about this discount.