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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

Bioregional Planning & Community Design


Defined by a truly interdisciplinary approach that brings together experience and expertise from nine academic departments in eight colleges, the relatively new bioregional planning program at the University of Idaho is quickly gaining momentum and recognition as a top program. The program is driven by faculty, students, and community members who are committed to sustainable community development, and planning and design in the Intermountain West and beyond. 

The program offers the following: 

  • Master of Science in Bioregional Planning and Community Design: Includes specializations in land use planning; environmental planning; economic development planning; transportation planning; public land planning; and housing, social and community development planning.
  • Graduate certificate: Designed for those who want to incorporate sustainable planning principles and concepts into a related professional discipline, such as transportation engineering, environmental and natural resource management, architecture, landscape architecture, and public administration.

The program features a diverse group of faculty members with expertise ranging from architecture and design to conservation and political science. Through our innovative Learning & Practice Collaborative (LPC), you'll partner with students and professors on real-life projects to help Idaho communities fulfill visions for sustainable growth. You'll develop solid research and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to implement systematic conservation planning and management strategies to positively shape communities for generations to come.

You'll graduate with the hands-on experience to make an immediate impact on your chosen career, whether you become a city planner or a consultant that works with engineering and architectural firms to implement sustainable design concepts across multiple project types in a cost-effective manner.

An innovative university-community partnership

The three interdependent components of this initiative are:

» Academic Programs in bioregional planning and community design (M.S. and graduate certificate).

» Learning and Practice Collaborative that engages University of Idaho faculty and students to assist communities with sustainable community planning and development.

» Center for Effective Planning and Governance that delivers non-credit training to local elected leaders and professionals to plan and manage community resources for a sustainable future.


» Since 1990 Idaho's population increased 41%

» By 2050 Idaho is expected to lose 4.5 million acres of ranch, farm & open space land to development.

» Community leaders and professionals need the skills and knowledge to guide this growth.

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