I'm going to try to work backwards and see if it helps. I've looked at real estate development programs, landscape architecture programs, and then the different specialties within planning programs and I'm having trouble deciding which one would be the best for what I want to do. However, I do have a general idea what I'd like to do.
I'm hoping that if I tell you guys what I'd like to do career-wise, you can perhaps point me in the right direction as far as which program (not specific programs, but which course of study) would be most effective.
Here goes: On a conceptual level I'm interested in how historic preservation could be used as a tool for some of the principles of smart growth (TOD, human scale, environmental planning, etc). I'm not, however, interested in the museum-like aspects of preservation (protecting this house b/c it's a fine specimen of ________). I'm interested more in historic districts from an urban design standpoint and preserving the urban design qualities of those districts. My background is in philosophy and psychology (although I work for an architecture nonprofit) so the environmental psychology issues in urban design are really interesting.
On a more technical level, I'm interested in policy analysis on the one hand (eg, researching different models for historic district tax programs) and urban design issues on the other. I'm not interested in being the designer per se (and I have no design background at all) but I do care alot about design and creating human-scaled urban experiences. Ideally I'd be able to do something that combines the two (with a 70/30 mix of policy/data crunching and design-related task).
So what do you think? Lanscape Arch? Planning w/ a focus on Urban Design? Historic Preservation? Transit Oriented Development?
I really appreciate any response!