I'm interested in a career in urban design or planning. I currently have a BA in Geography, however I'm working in an unrelated field doing administrative work.
I'm confused on the differences between the two fields and the processes to become an urban designer. I have the following questions:
1) I'm interested in desiging the look, layout, of developments & urban/regional districts, and not just zoning or policy. Is Urban design the only way for me to go? Is there a creative aspect in planning, or is it just analytical?
2) What is the best way to get into Urban Design? Should I first get a planning degree or an architectural degree, or both at once? Do I really need to have an architectural degree first?
Are the design concentrations in the planning degrees enough to qualify one as an employable urban designer at an architectural firm?
3) Does Urban design include any aspects of planning, and visa versa? Is it just architecture on a larger scale?
Basically, i would like to be involved in some creative design aspects but also incorporate some planning areas like statistical analysis, etc.. I don't want to be just involved in policy and zoning without any creative design input. I hope you can
I'm interested in Transport planning also, but thats a different thread.
get a picture of what my interests are.
Thanks for your help,