The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment offers three separate courses in the field of urban design, planning and landscape architecture. Each course comprises 5 ECTS (= 140 hours). These courses are offered every academic year and have 8 weeks of duration at the fall semester (September - October) After successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate. 

Theories of Urbanisation, Regionalization & Networks

EMU Theory course AR9310 (05 ects)
The aim of this course of eight seminars is to help students engage with concepts such as the city, city networks, the world economy, globalization and regionalism, polycentric urban regions, strategic spatial planning, and mapping. The aim of examining these concepts is to see how they can be practically applied to urban studies, with particularly reference to practical design and planning.

Design & Planning Support Tools

EMU Technology course AR9320 (05 ects)
The objective of this course is to introduce the students with different spatial analyses and design support tools. The students will be able to relate spatial data from various sources with place bounded socio-economic data through the use of GIS and Space Syntax. The framework of the course is set by the concept of geodesign, which according to Campagna [2014] ‘is an integrated process informed by environmental sustainability appraisal, that includes project conceptualisation, analysis, projection and forecasting, diagnosis, alternative design, impact simulation and assessment, and which involves a number of technical, political and social actors in collaborative decision-making’.

Regional Strategies & Territorial Governance

EMU Methodology course AR9330 (05 ects)
This course provides a map of different notions of planning and the methods and techniques of planning that are associated with each. The emphasis is on strategy making, and the broader governance of territory. This includes what is called in the Netherlands ‘regional design’. There is a strong strand of design and the use of spatial concepts in Dutch spatial planning that has been influential in other countries. We encourage students to learn from each other about ideas and practices in different parts of the world.


Participants should have a MSc degree in architecture, urban design, planning or landscape architecture. (Other cases can be considered depending on the specific course)


The fee for a 5 ects course is 1500 euros. Literature and travelling costs are not included in the fee. For the course 'Design and planning support tools' participants need to bring their own laptop.


If you are interested in following one of the courses, please register before the beginning of fall semester (September) by sending an e-mail to:  L.M. De Carvalho Filho

Further information

Further information about the courses can be found here.

L.M. De Carvalho Filho