The Urban Design and Housing (UDH) option in the post-professional M.Arch. program at the School has been highlighted by Azure magazine (November/December 2012) as ranking amongst the leading design and architecture programs in North America. The criteria for inclusion in Azure's listing are as follows: "We polled architects and designers across Canada and the U.S. and heard from top professionals regarding the strongest bachelor's and master's programs. Our listings highlight over 40 schools that offer a unique, innovation-oriented education." The magazine "looks at which schools offer the most in terms of hands-on collaboration, groundbreaking technology and inspiring faculty."
The section profiling the UDH option at McGill reads as follows: "McGill's hands-on urban design specialization in the architecture graduate school views Montreal as its workshop. It collaborates with the local government on research initiatives about how urban design helps shape metropolitan areas. Students are currently exploring ways to improve the St-Viateur neighbourhood and make it more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists."