Ann Forsyth is professor of Urban Planning at Harvard University.
How to generate ideas in planning is a question that many planning students ask. This can seem a mysterious and difficult process. Unfortunately, planning education has not always done a great job of helping students unpack this apparent mystery.
Monday, April 6, 2015 - 10:00am PDT
With social media and the internet generally making it easy to contact faculty across the globe students are tempted to do so. But when is it appropriate? The short answer is contact them if they request it.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 5:00am PST
Ann Forsyth, professor of urban planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, shares insight into common traits of the best educational programs in planning.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 5:00am PST
One question I get asked a lot is if students should present at conference. In fact it is often more of a statement of intent rather than a question about whether it is useful. The answer, however, is not as clear as many students believe.
Monday, December 8, 2014 - 5:00am PST
At this time of year, many prospective graduate students are asking themselves if they should apply to planning programs. This is a good question. Planning is a diverse field and it can be hard to figure out if it will be the right fit.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 9:00am PST
As students plan their spring semester courses and make early plans for the summer, they often wonder how to choose a planning specialization or concentration. They ask how important the concentration is for their future career as a planner.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 12:50am PST
What should graduate students read the summer before entering planning school? For those with some time on their hands the following suggestions can help provide direction.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 12:25am PDT
How should a statement of purpose for a graduate school application differ from one for an undergrad program? This post outlines the elements of a compelling graduate school statement.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 10:00am PST
Making the most of being a student requires more than just completing the course credits necessary for a degree. See my suggestions for activities beyond the classroom that are key to getting a great education.
Friday, February 8, 2013 - 2:02pm PST
For those wanting to enter graduate school in 2013, applications will soon be due. Students investigating options
often ask if it makes a difference where the planning school is located—in a
design school, a public policy college, or in other locations like colleges of agriculture
or arts and sciences. The short answer is it matters less to students than many think.
Monday, October 29, 2012 - 8:22am PDT