Planning Directors

A Black LIves Matter Protest, with a protestor holding up a sign that reads "Open Your Eyes: Systemic Racism Is Real"

Planning Directors Commit to Change on Racial Inequities

Planning directors around the country have acknowledged the historic role of the planning profession in furthering the causes of racial discrimination and have publicly committed to change that history.

October 13, 2021 - Next City

I picture of Marisa Lago speaking at a table for an event at the United Nations.

NYC Planning Director Nominated for White House Role

If approved, New York City Planning Director Marisa Lago will be headed back to the White House to serve in the Department of Commerce.

September 15, 2021 - The White House

San Francisco city

A New Planning Director in San Francisco

Outgoing San Francisco Planning Director John Rahaim announced his departure in September. Rich Hillis will be the next to have the job.

February 18, 2020 - San Francisco Chronicle

Peter J. Park, LLC

Leadership in Urban Planning, After Two Successful Stints as a Planning Director

Peter Park is the director of Peter J. Park, LLC and a former planning director of Denver and Milwaukee. In this interview, Park shares insights from a career of leadership in though and action in the field of urban planning.

October 17, 2019 - James Brasuell

Queens Park

An Interview With New York Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, FAICP

Mitchell Silver, commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, former planning director of Raleigh, and former president of the APA, discusses the aspirations and realities of a long, successful career in planning.

September 4, 2019 - James Brasuell

Los Angeles Grand Park

Former L.A. Planning Director Admits to Ethics Violation

A Los Angeles Times investigation reveals that the city of Los Angeles' might not have revealed every layer of ethics violation committed by Michael LoGrande after he left the Department of City Planning in 2016.

August 23, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

Interstate 94

Maurice Cox Departs Detroit to Lead Planning Chicago

The highly praised head of planning in Detroit will assume the same role in Chicago.

August 8, 2019 - CBS Chicago

Cattle Drive

Stampede of New Residents Challenges Fort Worth

An interview with Fort Worth Planning and Development Director Randle Harwood on the planning practices and ideas driving the future of one of the nation's fastest growing cities.

May 27, 2019 - Josh Stephens

Water Emergency Transportation Authority

Spotlight On Bay Area Planners

At this week's American Planning Association National Conference in San Francisco, a roundtable of eight planning directors from the Bay Area discussed their cities unique situations and common challenges.

April 17, 2019 - California Planning & Development Report

D.C. Comp Plan

A Millennial Planning Director for D.C.

Andrew Trueblood, 35 years old and just under the threshold of Millennial status, has been nominated to the deal the Washington, D.C. Office of Planning.

February 7, 2019 - Curbed Washington D.C.

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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.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.