Creative Placemaking Minor (ARCH)

Director: Professor Ronit Eisenbach, RA

The Creative Placemaking minor is a joint program of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the College of Arts and Humanities. This minor educates students to leverage the power of the arts, culture, and creativity for the support of vibrant communities, by engaging with local stakeholders and arts practitioners. This minor currently offers two concentrations, one focusing on architecture design and the other on the visual arts. Although we envision expanding the minor beyond its two present concentrations, it is currently restricted to students majoring in Architecture and Studio Art.

Program Learning Outcomes 

  1. Students will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of and approaches to Creative Placemaking, as well as the political, social, economic, and ethical dimensions involved in Placekeeping and Placesharing
  2. Students will be able to evaluate places through inquiry, observation, research and the application of a critical lens to gain understanding of the complexity, richness and character of places and our relationship(s) to them.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to analyze and consider how design choices and artistic representations shape experience and elevate particular ways of knowing and being that reflect specific cultural heritage and values.
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the roles that architects and artists can play in supporting the shaping of human landscapes as works in progress.
  5. Students will be able to demonstrate a technical and/or artistic skill that advances the collaborative and creative process and placemaking through visual, performative, written, and/or oral means.
  6. Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to envision, conceive, collaborate, and create responsive works for and with places and people.
Course Title Credits
ARCH350 (Introduction to Creative Placemaking)3
Concentration (choose one of the following):6
Concentration in Architecture (6 credits):
(Studio in Creative Placemaking)
Concentration in the Visual Arts (6 credits):
Advanced Painting: Painting on Site I (Mural Making I)
(Mural Making II)
Interdisciplinary Studies in Arts and Humanities (ARHU439C Studio in Creative Placemaking) 1
Electives (Choose at least 6 credits from the following): 26
Public Policy and the Black Community
African-American Literature and Culture
Introduction to Asian American Studies
Cultures of Everyday Life in America
Material Aspects of American Life
Introduction to Ethnography
U.S. Latinx Literature and Culture
Perspectives on Identity and Culture
Changing Climate, Changing Cultures
Design Thinking and Architecture
History of World Architecture I
History of World Architecture II
Design in Practice
People, Planet, and Profit: Building Sustainable Places
Experiential Learning
Selected Topics in Architectural History
Independent Studies in Architectural History
Measuring Sustainability in Architecture
Visual Communication For Architects
Great Cities
Selected Topics in Urban Design
Computer Applications in Architecture
Selected Topics in Architecture
Independent Studies in Architecture
Field Archaeology
Selected Topics in Architectural Preservation
Independent Studies in Architectural Preservation
Arts & Humanities in Social Innovation, Change, and Justice: Do Good Now
Humanists on the Move
Art and Activism
Monuments, Monumentality, and the Art of Memorial
Public Art
How (and Why) to Look at Art in the Era of Climate Change
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology
Cities and the Arts
Experiential Learning
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology
Ecuador: Andean Spaces-Traversing the Colonial City and the Natural World
Three-Dimensional Art Fundamentals
Intermediate Special Topics in Art
Elements of Drawing II
Introduction to Digital Art and Design Processes
Dangerous Art: Censorship or Subsidy
Special Topics in Study Abroad II
Three Dimensional Graphic Design
Seminar in Art Theory
Social Enterprise: Changing the World through Innovation and Transformative Action
Inequality: Determinants and Policy Remedies
Why Poetry Matters
Literary Maryland
Seeing the Present: Graphic Storytelling in the Age of Social Media
The Suburbs in American Literature and Film
Recovering Oral Histories
Special Topics in English
Environmental Geology
The Everyday and the American Environment
Special Topics in Historic Preservation
Civil Discourse or Urban Riot: Why Cities Don't (Often) Explode
Immigration and Ethnicity in America
The Historical Development of London
Urban Dreams and Nightmares: The Jewish Experience of Cities
What Does It Mean to be An American?
Metropolitan Change and Modern America: Cities, Suburbs, Hinterlands
Immigration and Ethnicity in the U.S.
Redesigning Health Care: Developing a Clinic to Meet Community Needs
Jerusalem in Antiquity: The History of Sacred Space in a Holy City
Urban Dreams and Nightmares: The Jewish Experience of Cities
Urban Agriculture: Designing and Assessing Edible Landscapes
History of Landscape Architecture
The Impact of Music on Life
Public Health in the City: Perspectives on Health in the Urban Environment
Foundations of Public Policy
Public Leaders and Active Citizens
Multicultural Psychology in the U.S.
Special Topics in Real Property Development
Inequality in American Society
The Sustainable City: Exploring Opportunities and Challanges
Diversity and the City
Selected Topics in Urban Studies and Planning
Total Credits15

ARHU439C Studio in Creative Placemaking may be repeated to 6 credits if content differs.


Students may take no more than 3 elective credits from the same department without special approval by CRPM director; Special topics and independent studies courses will require the permission of the director.