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Master of Professional Studies in
Geodesign

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Penn State geodesign students collaborate to deliver city’s revitalization plans

Discover how geodesign students took the GIS, environmental, and urban design skills they’ve been learning in class and applied them to a real-life situation to revitalize the City of Utica, New York. Read more about their experience.

Working professionals gain immediate applicable skills in first geodesign course

An urban planner, a GIS analyst and a landscape designer were recently interviewed to learn about their experience as geodesign students. Learn how this online program is impacting their work processes and career. 

Geodesign program welcomes nationally known urban planning expert to faculty

Devin Lavigne has joined Penn State’s faculty to teach an online graduate geodesign studio that focuses on solving problems at an urban scale. Hear more about Devin and his journey to Penn State.

Geodesign program launches video series to raise awareness about the discipline

Discover how this game-changing program helps students deliver creative solutions to solve land-use challenges around the globe. Hear more about the Geodesign graduate program.

Geodesign know-how enabled student to thrive during internship

Lara Garcia reflects on how she bridged the worlds of spatial data analytics, GIS, and design to create a Regional Data Platform for nearly 200 communities. Learn more about her path to success.

A Colorado City Turns to Geodesign to Plan a Creek Walk

Find out how the city planners applied a Geodesign process to fuel collaboration and improved decision-making with the development of a popular area attraction.

Geodesign program supports working professionals in reaching their goals

While trying to create the first 100 percent sustainable “smart city” in Abu Dhabi, Geodesign student Shannon McElvaney discovered he wanted to get an advanced degree in Geodesign to help develop his design thinking skills. Read more about his path to graduation.

Portland teams up with Penn State geodesign students for Olympic bid

James Sipes, faculty member for the Penn State geodesign online master’s program, recently challenged his students to create an entire complex of sports facilities for the city of Portland, which hopes to host the Olympics at some point in the future. Read more about how students tackled this real-world scenario.

Using geodesign for Major League Baseball stadium development

Jim Sipes, a faculty member for the online geodesign program at Penn State and renowned designer with Sand County Studios, developed a project to investigate the new Atlanta Braves baseball stadium and neighborhood development as the challenge for the fall 2016 Geodesign II course on urban landscape change issues. Real-world data is used to inform the creation of different design ideas for a student-selected site. Read more about the project.

Penn State launches geodesign YouTube Channel

The more we learn about Geodesign — the more we realize the power of this proven process. To help build awareness, Penn State has launched a Geodesign YouTube channel. The first videos on our channel are curated excerpts from last year's Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offered through Coursera, which attracted 17,000 people worldwide. Please subscribe and share with your friends and colleagues — we will be regularly adding more content to our channel.

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