The aim of this contribution is to present the Architecture and Urbanism Residency Programme of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo (FAU at USP). The Residency Programme is a project which is conceptually lodged within the scope of continuing education and outreach activities set forth in the USP statutory mission. The programme aims at deepening the expertise and social action of architect/urbanists through practical and theoretical activities and is academically supervised. It encapsulates the application of a body of ideas on teaching and professional practice of urban planning and architecture formulated in Brazil from the 1980s. This in-service education programme is a graduate “latu sensu” programme at the level of specialization with the duration of one year. It is aimed at young professionals who are already professionally licensed and therefore able to work on concrete cases. It encompasses several academically supervised, practical and theoretical activities and aims to enable young professionals to participate in the development of public policies for socio-spatial interventions in Brazilian cities. The idea was that working along the axes of planning, public management, design, and administrative dimensions, these ‘resident graduates’ would contribute to devising urban policies that are more able to respond to Brazil’s huge socio-urban demands than existing ones, as well as inform policies of other similar realities across the globe. The programme offered in 2015-2016 involved an agreement with the São Paulo City Department of Urban Development (SMDU- PMSP), through which students took part in the development of Regional Plans for São Paulo Regional City Halls in dialogue with local community councils.
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