I am a 26 year old software engineer who is seriously considering going to graduate school in the built environment arena. Right now I'm debating pursuing an advanced degree in either architecture, landscape architecture, or urban design. I'm hoping some of the experienced professionals on this board could help me understand how my interests best align with a specific degree.
I would like to be involved on the creative side of designing successful public places where people want to live, work, and play. Thats a pretty broad statement, so let me clarify by stating things that I am not interested in: I'm not interested in creating detailed designs of individual buildings, I'm not interested in choosing the plants for a site, and I don't want to produce guidelines that others use to be creative (I would rather be creating). I'm very passionate about the principles of TOD and new urbanism. I'd like to work with a team of creative people designing public-use sites that strive to meet these principles. What degree do you think will best prepare me to step right in after graduation and do this kind of work? Does anyone know of any good programs in particular?
Thanks for your help!