DUSP is located within the School of Architecture and Planning, one of the five schools at MIT: Architecture and Planning; Engineering; Humanities, Arts, and Social Science; Management (The Sloan School); and Science. The School of Architecture and Planning, under the direction of Dean Hashim Sarkis, consists of the Department of Architecture, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and the Program in Media Arts and Sciences (MAS). The School also includes the Media Laboratory (ML), the Center for Real Estate (CRE), the Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU), the Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab (STL), and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS). Both departments, as well as ML and CRE offer advanced degrees and include opportunities for joint programs with other departments. The Center for Advanced Visual Studies does not confer a degree but is research based, offering an art-based platform for collaborations between artists, scientists, and technologists. The School offers the following programs:
The Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT seeks to educate practitioners and scholars who will be able to affect urban and regional development, community and economic development, physical planning and design, and environmental policy. The department is committed to educating planners who can effectively advocate the interests of under-represented constituencies. The department offers three formal degree programs:
In addition, the department sponsors two special non-degree courses of study:
Within the department there are four program groups which cut across the degree offerings:
There are also three cross-cutting areas: Transportation Policy and Planning, and Urban Information Systems (also an area of specialization for PhD candidates), and Regional Planning.
The University System differentiates between academic ranks as follows: a professor is a faculty member of the highest rank and is fully tenured. There are two categories of associate professors: one has been tenured and the other is working toward tenure (usually within four years). An assistant professor is on a tenure track. A lecturer or adjunct professor has an appointment of one to five years. In this department, lecturer and adjunct professor positions are usually held by practitioners with considerable professional experience. The designation of professor/associate professor of the practice is for faculty with many years of experience who are appointed for long-term contracts and have corresponding status to professors and associate professors.
In addition to teaching in DUSP:
DUSP administrative and support staff can help you navigate MIT bureaucracy. Support staff who work with particular professors can assist you by providing reading lists and class assignments, or by scheduling appointments. General staff help requests can be sent to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRON staff are responsible for planning, implementing, and supporting DUSP academic computing; managing student consulting and UROP staff; and consulting to the community on computer issues. For all computing requests, email mailto:email@example.com.
A number of committees are involved in the day-to-day operation of the department. Some of these committees offer students the opportunity to play a direct role in departmental governance. DSC holds elections to name students to DUSP committees, typically at the start of the fall semester.
Committee memberships for this year are as follows:
= Urban Science subcommittee member
The MCP, PhD and Undergraduate committees administer the rules and regulations of their respective programs, make decisions regarding the academic status of students, sponsor changes in the rules and policies, make financial aid allocations, and—in the case of the MCP and PhD committees—administer the admissions processes for their degree programs.
For issues that transcend degree programs or are relevant to the entire department, the full faculty and the entire student body each meet at intervals during the academic year. The tenured faculty and DUSP Steering Committee (comprised of Program Group Heads and Degree Committee Chairs) also meet regularly. The full faculty shares responsibility for reviewing departmental policy and handling issues that cut across the degree and special programs. Student body meetings provide an opportunity for elected student representatives to discuss issues with fellow students. Students also play a role in the admissions process for the MCP and PhD programs. More detailed information on student participation in admissions is provided early in the spring semester.
From time to time the department is involved in conducting hiring searches for new faculty. Students may participate on these committees and are also encouraged to attend job talks and provide feedback on prospective applicants. The process and timetable vary for each search; details are announced at the appropriate times.
A number of organizations operate from time to time in the department, depending on interest and necessity. These range from informal social groups to task-oriented, ad hoc initiatives related to academics and daily well-being. Standing groups include:
The DSC is a student-run organization that works to improve the quality of student life by facilitating communication among faculty, administration, and students. The DSC seeks to represent the broad interests of the student body by providing a representational council voice. Members are elected from the student body, and the group, encourages and thrives on a high level of student participation. The DSC supports student networks, including academic and professional development, as well as non-academic life. Throughout the school year, it provides funding for student activities organizes student meetings including Town Hall, contributes to department events like Open House, and hosts study breaks and other social activities. The DSC board can be reached at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the SCC is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in terms of race, class, and gender in the field of planning. In addition to focusing efforts on student and faculty recruitment, SCC aims to build community and serve as a support network within the Department for diverse students and those who identify with the Committee's mission and goals. SCC is a politicized body working from a social consciousness to guide goals, projects, and ideas, which ensure diversity in the Department, Institute, and the profession of planning. The SCC has played a critical role in recruiting students and faculty of color, bringing topics related to diversity into the core curriculum, and connecting DUSP to community organizations that serve disadvantaged populations. For information, please contact mailto:email@example.com.
QuBE aims to highlight and create dialogue around the intersection of queer identity and the built environment though a variety of media including speakers, conferences, partnerships, publications, and social events. QuBE also serves to support and increase the visibility of queer students, faculty, and staff in the School of Architecture + Planning and the MIT community at large.
The REFS (Resources for Easing Friction and Stress) provides peer support to help with difficult situations and thereby ameliorate stress, increase communication, and improve relationships. REFS can also help direct you to appropriate resources available elsewhere at MIT.
DUSPviz is a student-led initiative to improve capacity in data analysis, visual representation, and the communication of truthful stories for effective planning. The DUSPviz team helps the department find new ways to teach these skills.
Students with common interests often establish groups and organizations to discuss issues related to specific areas of planning or related fields (e.g., The Urban Leadership Forum, Housing Group, GreenSAP, Sustainable Urban Design Society (SUDS), DUSP Water Interest Group, and others).
Students interested in national professional organizations in planning and related fields (the American Planning Association (APA), Planners Network, and others) should contact Ezra Glenn mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. First-year students are eligible for a free one-year student membership to the American Planning Association, and will be automatically enrolled by the Student Services Office.
The Graduate Student Council (GSC) consists of elected representatives from academic departments and graduate living groups. The GSC is primarily concerned with promoting the general welfare and concerns for the graduate student body, and communicating with the MIT faculty and administration on their behalf. The major functional goals are:
The GSC also sponsors many social, cultural, and athletic events throughout the entire year to help improve the quality of life for graduate students. The Graduate Student Council can be reached at: x3-2195 or http://gsc.mit.edu/.
MIT has a number of resources for students who are veterans including two MIT veteran student clubs, a committee dedicated to veterans outreach comprised of faculty, staff and students, and a special space (room 50-010) exclusively for veteran students. For more information, please contact Mary Kathryn Juskiewicz (x4-7824 / mailto:email@example.com).
Academic departments at MIT are denoted by a name and a roman numeral. For example, Materials Science is referred to as “Course Three” (III); Architecture as “Course Four” (IV); Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as “Course Six” (VI), and so on. The Department of Urban Studies and Planning, referred to as DUSP, is “Course Eleven” (XI).
The method of assigning numbers to classes is to write the course/department number in Arabic numerals followed by a period and three digits, which are used to differentiate classes. Most classes retain the same number from year to year, for example, 11.220, Quantitative Reasoning. Some numbers, usually beginning with 11.S9xx and referred to as “rubber numbers,” are used for classes that change from year to year.
Subject units are also expressed according to a system of three numerals separated by hyphens, such as this: “3-0-9”. The total of these numbers indicates how many units the class is worth in counting toward graduation requirements. The three parts translate into hours per week theoretically attributed for time spent in class; in recitation, studio or lab; and on homework assignments. Many classes are worth 12 total units, though others may be worth anywhere from three to 24. You can get a feel for the pattern of the class by looking at this three-part number system, especially to see how long you will be expected to attend scheduled class meetings during the week.
Classes which are jointly offered by two departments (e.g., DUSP and Civil Engineering) may be known by either of two numbers and are followed by a “J”. The “J” suffix simply stands for a cross-listed class. Example: 4.254J/11.303J, Design for Urban Development, has numbers for both DUSP and Architecture.
All MIT buildings are numbered; a typical location such as DUSP Headquarters, 7-337, translates to Building 7, Room 337. The first 3 in 337 means the room is located on the third floor. The numerical order of some MIT buildings and room numbers actually do have a rationale to them. Even-numbered buildings are EAST of Building 10; odd-numbered buildings are WEST of Building 10. The lowest numbers begin at the river and increase to the NORTH (away from the river). Buildings 1 through 10 are all in the central MIT complex. Some of the peripheral building numbers are prefaced by an E, N, or W, which indicates their direction from the main complex.
The School of Architecture and Planning (including DUSP) is mainly housed around or near Lobbies 7 and 10, at the heart of MIT. Key permanent DUSP facilities are located as follows:
A complete list of faculty office addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses is available on http://dusp.mit.edu/people.
All students have an Athena account. Notices of DUSP events are posted on http://plaza.mit.edu/. Check it daily to keep informed. Some administrative functions can be performed electronically.
MIT is an open campus, with 24-hour access to most facilities. In order to reduce the chance of becoming victims of crime, we must practice constant vigilance and caution. We recommend the following security measures to safeguard both your person and your property:
The primary vehicle for communication in the department is a website called “Plaza,” (http://plaza.mit.edu/). All DUSP members can post announcements, opinions, and discussion points. Questions go to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. Email lists for the department exist, but are used sparingly.
The DUSP Events Google Calendar includes all events of interest to the DUSP community. The calendar is accessible to the public but the audience is our community. Lectures, brown bag presentations, happy hours, career events, receptions, t-shirt sales, and more are all candidates for posting.
The calendar can be seen embedded in the main DUSP website at http://dusp.mit.edu/department/departmental-calendar. For instructions on other ways to view the calendar, or to obtain rights to add to and edit events, see this post on Plaza: http://plaza.mit.edu/viewtopic.php?f=102&t=3424&p=3776#p3776.
The alumni/ae newsletter of the School of Architecture and Planning, PLAN, covers news of the School of Architecture and Planning, including DUSP. It includes a printed summary and an on-line version accessible through the School's Home Page at: http://sap.mit.edu.
Departmental awards are given out at the Commencement Lunch in June. In the past, awards for students have included the Departmental Service Award, Outstanding Contribution to Intellectual Life of the Department, AICP Outstanding Student Award, and Outstanding MCP Thesis, Undergraduate Thesis, PhD Dissertation, to name a few. The Rolf R. Engler Outstanding Professional Service Award recognizes administrative and support staff. Students initiate awards for faculty contributions to advising, teaching, student life and student quality of life. The nomination process begins in the middle of the spring semester and will be announced on http://plaza.mit.edu/.
For all official MIT Policies, including the MIT Policy on Equal Opportunity and the MIT Policy on Harassment, see http://web.mit.edu/policies/index.html. For the official MIT Policies on Academic Integrity, see the online Academic Integrity Handbook at http://integrity.mit.edu.