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College of Art and Architecture
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2461
Moscow, ID 83844-2461

phone: (208) 885-4409
fax: (208) 885-9428
email: caa@uidaho.edu


Urban Design Center
322 E Front Street, Suite 120
Boise, ID 83702

phone: (208) 334-2999
email: arch@uidaho.edu
website: uidaho.edu/caa/facilities/udc

Integrated Design Lab
306 S 6th St.
Boise, ID 83702

phone: (208) 429-0220
email: kevinv@uidaho.edu
website: www.idlboise.com

Academic Programs

The program's mission is to prepare future public leaders and create and disseminate new knowledge that will assist communities and organizations in planning for:

  • sustainable development;
  • sustainable efficient conservation planning and management;
  • and sustainable human quality-of-life within and across bioregions.

The program's faculty, staff, and students work with communities to create community-based plans, programs and policies that sustain and enhance their culture, resource base, built environment and economic vitality.


Program graduates will fill an important niche in the Intermountain West and have skills that enable them to be effective planners in other parts of the world. The initial focus of the program will be on Idaho, but with the expectation that it will be expanded over time to include opportunities nationally and internationally.

Unique in North America

The Bioregional Planning and Community Design program is distinguished from other planning programs around North America in two ways:

  • it represents a university-wide, interdisciplinary approach that fully integrates education and research with community engagement; and
  • it supports, promotes and advance bioregional thought and process.

Prepare for Success

Many of our students want to enhance their career opportunities with expertise and credentials in tactical community planning. A professional career in community planning requires a specific technical skill set, including the ability to think in terms of spatial relationships and to visualize the effects of plans and designs. You must also have strong written and oral communication skills, with the ability to reconcile varying viewpoints and to make constructive policy or strategic management recommendations.

Requirements for our Master's degree vary, based on your area of specialization. Students complete 20 core credits that include studio credits, a community-based project and a professional project or thesis. Additional credits are taken in restricted and specialization courses for a total of 44 credits.

Our 15-credit graduate certificate program provides the skills to effectively integrate planning concepts and principles into your related discipline. 

Interdisciplinary Approach

All degrees and certificates for the program will be granted and counted as achievements by participating departments and colleges. 

Participating UI Colleges and Departments
» College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
   Department of Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology

» College of Art & Architecture
   Department of Architecture
   Department of Landscape Architecture

» College of Education
   Department of Movement Sciences

» College of Engineering
   Department of Civil Engineering

» College of Graduate Studies
   Department of Environmental Science

» College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
   Department of Political Science

» College of Natural Recources
   Department of Conservation Social Sciences

» College of Science
   Department of Geography

» UI Extension

Students will be counted in the department and college of their major professor/advisor, with all productivity referenced to the established Bioregional Program.

Graduate students and upper-division undergraduates from other majors can participate in the program through individual upper-division courses or a suite of courses. These courses are designed to meet the UI Core Cluster requirements and to complement various existing degree programs.