Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development

Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development (PSPD)

The Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development (PSPD) is an alliance of five urbanism programs with a shared value placed on urban sustainability and equity. Each of the programs maintains its independence, degree, and depth of study. Yet students can move between the programs, with the further option to follow set tracks for specialized or multifaceted studies. Studios bring together students from all five graduate programs for interdisciplinary teamwork. The primary mission of the PSPD is to provide a professionally oriented education to a student body with diverse cultural and disciplinary backgrounds, and with diverse aspirations with regard to their careers and activism.

City and Regional Planning

The 60-credit Master of Science in City and Regional Planning program is accredited by the national Planning Accreditation Board. The CRP program is unique in it’s emphasis on community-based planning and participatory practice in the NYC context and employment of leading practitioner-scholars in planning and related fields that provide intellectual rigor and practical knowledge. The CRP program is built around team-oriented, interdisciplinary studios that tackle real-world problems on behalf of local community and regional clients. In addition, a core group of seminars assures a high level of technical proficiency and planning knowledge that meld theory with practice, and students may select electives from any of the five PSPD urbanism programs. Courses are taught in the evening, allowing a great majority of students to obtain relevant internships and jobs at nationally recognized organizations and civic groups. CRP students gain professional experience and make a difference while attending Pratt.

Sustainable Environmental Systems

The 40-credit Master of Science in Sustainable Environmental Systems is a trans-diciplinary program in graduate sustainability studies with a curriculum focused on the nexus of environmental policy, science and design. The SES program is unique in it’s practice based approach and emphasis on experiential learning opportunities tailored to each student's interests. Students learn from leading edge NYC practitioner faculty whose expertise include: Integrated Urban Systems Designs for water, energy, and solid waste, Environmental and Social Justice, as well as Sustainable and Resilient Community Development. Students will study environmental sustainability with artists, designers, architects, planners, preservationists, and environmental managers. A 30 credit post professional track is available for applicants who hold a five-year B.Arch or existing graduate degree.   

Historic Preservation

The 44-credit Master of Science in Historic Preservation at Pratt uniquely addresses both the physical aspects of preservation and the role our discipline plays within a larger context of design, community revitalization, redevelopment and adaptive reuse, and sustainability. The curriculum builds on the energy of New York City as an important epicenter of historic preservation in the United States. The program places equal emphasis on theory, knowledge, and best practices. Students spend their first year in intensive coursework focused on the core elements of historic preservation practice, and their second year specializing in a particular aspect of urban preservation and built environment management. A 35 credit post professional track is available for applicants who hold a five-year B.Arch or existing graduate degree.    

Urban Placemaking and Management

Urban Placemaking and Management is a 40-credit Masters program that sees the creation of successful public spaces as the starting point for successful urban planning, which in turn dictates the siting and design of other components of the urban fabric. Placemaking approaches public space from a people perspective—based on community needs and programming. It incorporates a wide variety of professional and technical skills such as community building, economics, sustainability, management, urban design, and landscape design. The core knowledge and skill-base of placemaking as a discipline are delivered over four semesters through a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies, and studio-based exercises. Students pursue a curriculum of study structured by four academic knowledge streams: Design and Infrastructure; Economics; Planning and Policy; and Management. The program offers flexibility to students to develop advanced knowledge and skills through electives in three areas of focus, each corresponding to an area of employment for placemakers: community-based design; parks, open space, and green infrastructure; transportation and main street management.

Facilities Management

Facilities Management