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)
25.00 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 content and curriculum that is taught with pre-recorded and real time lectures, in addition to a real-time Q&A session with the instructors. Pre-recorded lectures and live sessions are accessed via our Canvas learning system and Zoom. Details regarding login information will be emailed out prior to the course start date.

This is an academic course, which means that students will be required to complete assignments and will receive a letter grade. There will be approximately 30 hours of material spread across recorded lectures, reading material, live sessions, and other meetings, and approximately 24 hours of time spent on assignments.

This course will be available on Canvas from April 3 - May 19, 2023. Live Zoom lectures and Q&A will be held on Thurs, April 6th 10:00AM - 12:00PM PST; Thurs, April 13th 2:00PM - 4:00PM PST; Thurs, April 27th 10:00AM - 12:00PM PST; Thurs, May 4th 2:00PM - 4:00PM PST; and Thurs, May 11th 10:00AM - 12:00PM PST. 

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.

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.