Planning Careers

2019 National Planning Conference

There's More Than One Path to AICP Certification

The AICP Candidate Pilot Program launched in 2017 allows for planners to begin the journey to AICP certification earlier in their careers—even while they are still in school.

September 6, 2021 - James Brasuell

Bus Rapid Transit

Book Review: Planners in Politics

How can planners be more effective in politics? A new book offers planners turned executive-level politicians a chance to explain their insights.

June 3, 2020 - European Planning Studies

Zoning Code

Crafting the Future of Zoning

Lee D. Einsweiler, principal and co-founder of Code Studio, offers practiced insight on the relationship between planning and implementation, as well as guidance for a fulfilling career navigating the two.

January 30, 2020 - James Brasuell

Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Planning and Teaching in Southern California

Elizabeth Gallardo is a planning associate with the city of Los Angeles, working as part of an ambitious effort to update the city's numerous community plans while also teaching planning courses at a nearby university.

November 13, 2019 - James Brasuell

City Planners

Are Urban Planning Jobs Safe From Automation?

A dive into the concepts and methodologies producing current academic research into the effect of automation of jobs in the urban planning field.

October 29, 2019 - Kayla Matthews

Open Streets

Engaging, Then Planning, for Equity

The interdisciplinary work of the Kounkuey Design Initiative, led by executive director Chelina Odbert, and deeply committed to the homegrown potential of neighborhoods and communities.

October 24, 2019 - James Brasuell

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

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

New Orleans Aerial

Q&A: New Orleans Planning is 'Visionary within the Envelope of Feasibility'

The following interview, as published in the 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs, features Jason Neville, senior planner for the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority.

February 26, 2015 - Jason Neville

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.

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.