My name's Michelle. I'm a Public Affairs/Urban Planning masters student at UW-Madison, and I'm curious as to how urban design figures into different planning jobs. I'm still getting my head around the concept, as I've only really explored housing and transportation issues up until now. Do planners need urban design knowledge to review site plans, or do they end up doing many designs of their own? Do private sector employers tend to seek planners with urban design experience more so than government agencies? I'm trying to figure out if I should take any urban design studio courses, so I'd appreciate any info you might have.