Planning Education

City Planners

Why Aren’t There More Planners?

Planning can be a great career for socially conscious individuals, but university programs are struggling to attract new students to the field. A trio of academics are raising awareness about the field through community activation.

July 27, 2023 - The Conversation

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Back to School: Planetizen’s Top 10 Master’s Programs for Urban Planners

Planetizen’s Editorial Director James Brasuell joins the Planning Commission Podcast to discuss their new list of the Top 10 Schools for Urban Planners.

July 26, 2023 - The Planning Commission Podcast

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The Top Schools For Urban Planners

The 7th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs, now available, includes an updated ranking of the Top 25 master’s programs in urban planning, city planning, regional planning, and community planning.

June 22, 2023 - James Brasuell

online education

The Top Planning Courses of 2022

A list of the top planning education resources, according to the users of Planetizen Courses.

December 21, 2022 - The Planetizen Team

Tijuana, Mexico

Urban and Regional Planning Education in Mexico

Sergio Peña, of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Mexico, writes about a recent article he authored in the Journal of Planing Education and Research.

February 6, 2020 - JPER

College Students

Innovative Planning Curriculum Awarded

Winners of an annual award for innovation in planning curriculum were announced earlier this year, and applications for 2020's award will be open until February.

December 16, 2019 - Land Lines

San Francisco Monopoly

The Benefits of Gaming to Planning Education

"Popular games that invite players to take on the role of developer or city planner are a familiar part of the cultural landscape," according to this article.

October 26, 2019 - Land Lines

Planetizen Top Schools

The Top Schools For Urban Planners - 2019

The 6th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs is now available. The new Guide includes Planetizen's updated ranking of the Top 25 graduate urban planning programs.

September 3, 2019 - James Brasuell

Graduation Ceremony

Getting Into Grad School in Planning

Ten years ago I wrote "Graduate School 2008: Nuts and Bolts of Applying". As deadlines draw near for this year’s round of applications it is a good time to revisit and update this advice.

December 21, 2018 - Ann Forsyth

South Carolina Region Future City Competition

Middle Schoolers Plan the 'Future City'

The deliverables in the Future City competition—open to children in grades six through eight—include a virtual city design (using SimCity), a scale model, a project plan, and more.

January 15, 2018 - The Mercury News

Blue City

White Paper: Bringing Online Learning Into the Planning Classroom

A pilot program in Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo's City and Regional Planning Department explored the potential for an online video course platform to enrich and extend curriculum.

January 31, 2017 - William Riggs

Map Kid

Innovations in Post-Master's Graduate Planning Education

Professional doctorates or certificates of advanced graduate study (CAGS) can offer an alternative to a PH.D. for planners looking to expand their education beyond the master's degree.

November 14, 2016 - Justin B. Hollander and Amanda Kohn

Coal Potest

Does Urban Planning Require Passion?

Making better places is a core value for many planners, but don’t let a lack of passion stand between you and a strong career in planning.

August 29, 2016 - Pete Sullivan

Developing Countries Require More Urban Planning Capacity to Meet Growing Needs

How can the Global South implement the New Urban Agenda with colonial-era curricula and little investment in training? Zambia offers a new model.

August 23, 2016 - Citiscope

Graduation Ceremony

New Planners Launch Careers and Energize Workplaces

This month a new generation of urban planners will transition from planning school to the workplace—it is a season for new ideas.

June 8, 2016 - North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association


Remember Your Rockaway

Growing up in Rockaway, Queens led me to the planning profession, just as home town experiences lead many students to city planning. It's easy to forget why we became planners: we need to remember.

May 7, 2016 - Bruce Stiftel

The Washington Post Gives Transportation Planning Studies a Star Turn

A recent article in the Washington Post does a nice job of describing transportation planning as an exciting field, with important and engaging applications.

March 15, 2016 - The Washington Post

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Q&A: A Career at the Cutting Edge of Long Range Planning

The following interview, as published in the 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs, features Peter Park, owner of Peter J Park, LLC and an instructor at the University of Colorado-Denver and Harvard University.

October 27, 2014 - Peter Park

Graduation Ceremony

Graduating Into the Workplace: Perspectives from Recent Planning Grads

As a new cohort of young planners prepares to enter the field, more than a dozen recent graduates share their insights on how to make the most of a planning education and navigate one of the most challenging job environments in recent memory.

June 12, 2013 - Erica Gutiérrez

Solyndra, Moneyball, and Lessons for Planning

The Los Angeles Times recently had a story about the collapse of Solyndra – the once heralded poster-child of the Obama administration’s green jobs plan.  A big part of Solyndra’s demise was due to the rapidly falling price of their competitors’ solar panels.  In 2008, the cost of solar panels was a bit over $4 for each watt generated.  Solyndr

October 1, 2011 - Marlon Boarnet

News from HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

New Updates on PD&R Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

"Rethinking Commuter Rail" podcast & Intercity Bus E-News

Chaddick Institute at DePaul University

Top Books

An annual review of books related to planning.

Top Websites

The best of the Internet—since 2002.

Top Apps

Planning apps for a brave new world.

Top Schools

The definitive ranking of graduate planning programs.

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.