about PROURB

The Graduate Program in Urbanism (PROURB) is part of the School of Architecture and Urbanism (FAU) of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). It started in 1993 and offers three degrees: Master in Urbanism, Doctorate in Urbanism and Professional Master in Landscape Architecture. It has an ongoing special class of inter-institutional doctorate with the Federal University of Mato Grosso and the State University of Mato Grosso (DINTER-UFMT-UNEMAT, Class of 2014) and had also an inter-institutional doctorate class with the State University of Maranhão (DINTER-UEMA, Class of 2011).

The Program is fully accredited by CAPES-MEC (Federal Agency for Graduate Studies- Ministry of Education). It is a program of excellence and reference in the area of Architecture and Urbanism, having received grade 6 twice in the triennial evaluation of CAPES.

PROURB distinguishes itself for its academic and research excellence recognized through publications, awards and alumni placement in the professional and academic field and for its international outreach, links and exchange cooperation agreements.

It has been active in promoting a diverse academic community, attracting students from different states in Brazil and countries, and with different backgrounds and ethnicity.

It has a strong commitment to education upgrading in less-developed regions of Brazil, opening up special classes at the doctorate level for university faculty.


PROURB is dedicated to the education at the Graduate level and research in the field of Urbanism.  It aims to foster an diverse and dynamic academic and intellectual environment capable of stimulating a critical, theoretical and methodological thinking about this field.  The pedagogical principles for learning and researching at PROURB are based on an interdisciplinary approach consonant with the need to act in a contemporary society with social and environmental responsibility.

The object of studies at the program is the city in its multiples facets, focusing in the processes of social and cultural production of its physical space and territorial organization an in the practices of intervention in the urban space.  It privileges the physical-territorial dimension, investigating the historical process of agglomerations formation, city theories and representations, and practices of urban design and urban administration.


The curriculum is linked to the pedagogical program proposal, and it articulated to the areas of studies and to the research areas of the program.


The Master and the Doctorate Course in Urbanism have two major areas of studies:

  1. History and Theory of Urbanism
  2. Urban Design

There are five areas of research:

a)    Morphology, Structuration and Design of the Urban Space

b)    History of urbanism

c)     Informal settlements and Housing

d)    Environment and Landscape

e)    Digital graphics and representation in urbanism

The faculty encompasses 25 professors.

Publicado em 30/09/2013