I'm currently in a dual degree program for a MUP/MUD at UT-Austin. As I read more and more about urban design, I'm realizing it's predominantly a field of urban-minded architects and landscape architects. My interests aren't in the actual rendering and design process per se, but focused instead on two areas: promoting smart growth/sustainable urban form and maintaining/developing a cohesive urban fabric that recognizes context, historic resources, etc.
I have skills with design software (adobe suite, sketchup, etc), but my bigger strengths are in conceptual thinking, pulling together different ideas/people, and working within a team.
Given this, is there a place within urban design for people like me? If so, what sort of firms, organizations, etc?