Structure of the Program

Over more than a decade, URBANbuild’s leaders have developed a rigorous program that takes into consideration local culture, environmental conditions, and the capabilities of its students in order to reliably provide well-built homes for families. It’s a tight-knit program, with leadership, collaborators, and vendors who have been working together for years. In this section, learn more about the program’s structure: what URBANbuild students learn, who they’ll learn from, and the multiple ways both undergraduate and graduate students can join the program.


The URBANbuild program would not be possible without the hard work of many individuals including the program’s directors, faculty members within and outside of the program, its collaborators, and vendors, and most importantly, its students.

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Every fall, as part of the ongoing development of a growing body of work, students in the URBANbuild studio are tasked with designing and producing a professional set of construction documents for a dwelling that they will have the opportunity to build in New Orleans the following spring. Read more to see the details of the URBANbuild coursework and class structure.

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Joining the Program

Undergraduate students in their fourth or fifth year and graduate students in their final year of study may indicate their preference for joining the URBANbuild studio as one of their required Options Studios. Participation in the fall design semester of URBANbuild does not guarantee participation on the spring build semester of the program.

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