As cities continue to evolve, innovative policies and practices are needed so that development is equitable and sustainable. Columbia's Urban Planning program offers the knowledge and skills that define an effective urban planner while presenting numerous opportunities to reflect on the role of planning in society and issues of social and global equity. Building on the extraordinary resources of Columbia University and the City of New York, students learn from a faculty of national and international scholars as well as highly-regarded practicing professionals who connect students to current issues and perspectives. Throughout the curriculum, the emphasis is on real-world challenges and how planners can improve the lives of urban residents. With the program located in New York City, one of the global centers of international commerce and culture and a city experiencing population growth, the faculty looks to the city's planning issues for studios and classroom examples while also drawing from best practices from around the world. Armed with these experiences, our students graduate with the capability to analyze issues, develop plans, and advise policymakers on the growth and development of cities with the intent of making cities more just, more equitable, and more prosperous.
Program Director Lance Freeman has been on the faculty of the Urban Planning Program since 1999. His research focuses on affordable housing, gentrification, ethnic and racial stratification in housing markets, and the relationship between the built environment and well being. Professor Freeman teaches courses on community development, housing policy and research methods. Dr. Freeman is also the author of the critically acclaimed book There Goes the Hood: Views of Gentrification from the Ground Up, published in 2006 by Temple University Press.
Dr. Freeman’s leadership in the Urban Planning Program is supported by the full-time faculty: Bob Beauregard, Clara Irazabal, David King, Elliott Sclar, Smita Srinivas, Stacey Sutton, and emeritus faculty member, Peter Marcuse.
Statistical public information about the program can be found here.
For Urban Planning Program related questions or general inquiries contact:
Assistant Director of Urban Planning and Historic Preservation