Hi there (hey there, ho there!)
I have my undergrad degree in architecture (B.Arch) and am currently slogging through the IDP requirements so I can sit for the exams and legally be an architect. I also am not completely satisfied with being an architect. I would like to go back to school and study something planning / design related and ideally stay in academia and teach and research sustainable cities and neighborhood design. To clarify - I am not to interested in 'green' products and design as a field of study. I am interested in the life cycle of a neighborhood / city and how people friendly it is. Are neighborhoods designed for the life cycle of the resident rather than many of the current configurations that are car centric and non person centric. That type of thing.
This is where the problem comes in. In looking at grad schools I can see several different options for both a field of study and where to go. I can get an M.Arch or an MS.Arch in as little as one year and up to three years depending on where I go. This obviously would be the cheap way to go and if all I really need to make it to where I would like to be is a masters then it is probably a good way to go. I can also get an M.UP from UofL. This is a good program and is close to home (5 minutes or so.) My concern with the UofL program is that it is VERY heavily policy oriented. Policy bores the snot out of me and I don't know how it would translate into future goals. I could also go the geography route. UofL is starting a graduate program in geography and has several good resources for sustainable neighborhoods and urban and regional design / issues.
I am looking for any advice on the various school paths (M.Arch, Geography, M.UP) and how they may or may not apply to the long range goals of teaching, researching and some lite design work.