Read about the kinds of students who pursue a career in planning—their motivations and experiences inspire the generation that will follow in their footsteps.
A Language of Design and Data
Coming from a public policy background, I realized throughout my professional experience as an urban planner how important it is to visually communicate and develop ideas.
A Community Worth Fighting For
University of Kansas
As a planner, I will be able to use everything I’ve learned at KU to change policy, engage with communities, and work on interdisciplinary teams to create a future that we can be proud of.
Changing a Career Path Toward a More Holistic Approach
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
To be more effective, I felt that I needed additional technical skills and a solid foundation in community development, real estate, and land use.
Improving Housing in the Global South
University of Cincinnati
My master’s thesis research assesses the housing delivery system, through the analysis of the financial tools aimed at slum dwellers, in the context of slum clearance programs in Morocco.
Skilled Planners Needed for Sustainable Food Systems
Kansas State University
I started to realize that the part of the job I enjoyed most were the tasks that required strategic visioning and big picture thinking. I knew from my undergraduate degree that urban planning could offer training in that kind of thinking, so I started to consider urban planning graduate programs.
Healthier Housing and Stronger Communities
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Similar to my time growing up, I get a lot of joy from the fact that I get to study in a region with diverse communities. In North Carolina there are, among other things, mountainous communities and coastal communities, growing communities, and shrinking communities.
A Place for Entrepreneurialism
Florida State University
You might be surprised to hear, like I was, that other people will talk about how their city, and its design, has impacted them in personal and emotional ways.
Empowering Underserved Communities
Portland State University
Affordable housing is my passion! Housing is a fundamental right, and everyone is entitled to a quality and safe space.
Interdisciplinary Lessons in the Real World
Justin Wrede Bucher
The University of Georgia
While I am still an enthusiast of all things geospatial, I am now more inspired to create positive change in communities and environments.
A Master's Degree on the Way to a PhD and a Career in Academia
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
The field of urban planning is unlike any other discipline in that it impacts every single person, every single day.
Resilience for an Era of Climate Change
University of Illinois at Chicago
I was selected as a fellow, which has provided me with several unique opportunities, including helping to write the city’s Resilience Strategy and supporting the work of the Mayor’s Mobility Task Force as they create a set of mobility recommendations for the next mayor.
Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools
This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.
Planning for Universal Design
Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.