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Urban Planning
Virtual Open House

This page features virtual resources that will allow you to learn more about the program’s curriculum and connect with faculty and current students. Please register online to receive a detailed agenda, links to live webinars, and to join select courses.

If you have any additional questions about the event or application process, please contact arch_admissions@columbia.edu


Friday October 30, 2020 (EST)

  • 9:00-9:25 AM Curriculum overview by Program Director Professor Weiping Wu
  • 9:25-9:45 AM Q&A session with a panel of current students
  • 9:45-10:15 AM Breakout conversations with current students
Open Courses

You will be able to join the courses below by advance registration. Details will be posted shortly.

  • Monday, October 25th, 10:00 AM History and Theory of Planning with Hiba Bou Akar

  • Tuesday, October 26th, 9:00 AM Geographic Information Systems with Leah Meisterlin

Fall 2020 M.S. Urban Planning Program Booklet
Studio Reports
Student Work

Visit the online 2020 End of Year Show to see student work from urban planning studios and courses as well as theses from Class of 2020 MSUP graduates.

You can also browse the digital archive for work associated by studio and instructor, read summaries of MSUP theses here, or scroll through the MSUP program spreads of Abstract 2019, Columbia GSAPP’s annual publication of student work.

Public Works for a Green New Deal

During the Fall 2019 semester, two urban planning courses were offered as part of a school-wide initiative focusing on the social, technical, and political contours of the ambitious—but still largely undefined—proposal known as the Green New Deal (GND). Read about the courses below and visit the Public Works Page to learn more.

  • Planning and the Green New Deal: A Practicum
    Faculty: Ariella Maron, Douglas Woodward
    This course engaged the proposed Green New Deal from an urban planning perspective, investigating its political bases, technical feasibility, implementation strategy, and planning and land use impacts. The course approach concentrated on the socio-technical aspects of the GND as opposed to strictly technical responses to climate change, to mirror the focus of the proposed legislation itself.

  • Resilient Urban Planning Practicum: A Green New Deal for Appalachia
    Faculty: Thaddeus Pawlowski
    This course explored urban planning practice through the lens of resilience. It focused on emerging approaches and strategies to climate adaptation in the built environment, and integrating ecological imperatives and social justice into next century forms of infrastructure.

Lectures in Planning Series (LiPS)
This series of talks, organized by the M.S.UP throughout the year, brings together leading experts across the field to discuss today’s most pressing topics.

Fall 2020 Lectures in Planning Series
Rachel Franklin
September 29, 2020
Career Services

The Urban Planning Program offers career development resources to help students take advantage of our location in New York City and discover unmatched opportunities for jobs and internships. Career services programming includes alumni panels, job search workshops, resume and portfolio feedback, visits to select public planning agencies and private consulting firms, and meeting with employers one-on-one at the Career Fair. Each spring, the program connects students to alumni through the annual speed-networking event. View an overview of our most recent activities here.

The American Planning Association’s New York Metro Chapter offers additional networking opportunities through talks, mixers, and local conferences. The program supports travel to the APA national conference each year.

The Urban Planning program maintains a job board to advertise open full-time, part-time, internship, and fellowship positions – many of which are sent exclusively to M.S.UP students. In addition, a bi-weekly newsletter distributed by the program advertises upcoming networking opportunities and conferences.

Urban Magazine
URBAN is a magazine created, edited, and published by M.S.UP students. The publication features writing, interviews, photo essays, and graphic work related to urban planning and city life. While most contributors are in the Urban Planning department, students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit work and have been featured in past issues. Take a look at the most recent issue, Volume 26: Obsolescence, here.
Columbia GSAPP Lecture and Event Series
The Dean’s lecture and event series invites guests from across the world to deliver talks and participate in discussions with the GSAPP community. Below is a selection of events featuring Urban Planning faculty members.

Lecture by J. Phillip Thompson
Response by Weiping Wu

October 19, 2010

View the event page here.
Get to Know the Campus and Explore Morningside Heights

This past spring, Untapped New York – co-founded by Alumni Board Member Michelle Young (‘12 MS UP) – collaborated with Columbia GSAPP to create a mini-series of podcast episodes designed to welcome incoming students to the GSAPP family.

Throughout the series, we explore architecturally interesting and historic New York City neighborhoods that house Columbia University’s campus and surrounding communities.

Also check out their feature in Columbia Magazine Welcome to Manhattanville published in Spring 2019.

You can also find a self-guided audio walking tour of Columbia University’s historic campus by Professor and Historic Preservationist Andrew Dolkart (‘77 MS HP) here.