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PhD Urban Planning Open House

The Fall 2022 Open House for Prospective Students took place during the week of October 17, 2022.

This page features virtual resources from prior events that allow you to learn more about the program’s curriculum, faculty, and students.

Monday, October 17 (In-Person)

  • 9:00AM
    Check-in Opens with Refreshments
    Low Library Faculty Room

  • 9:30 – 11AM
    Campus and Building Tours

  • 11:30AM
    Welcome with Dean Andrés Jaque
    Low Library Faculty Room

    Lunch with boxed meals and refreshments
    Low Library Faculty Room

  • 3 – 5PM
    Professional Development Workshop: Academic Publishing led by UP Program Director Weiping Wu
    204 Fayerweather

  • 6:30PM
    Lecture by Assistant Professor Emanuel Admassu, Co-founder of AD—WO
    Wood Auditorium, Avery 113

  • 8:30PM
    6-on-6 with Student Organizations
    100 Level Avery

October 17 (Virtual)

  • 6:30PM
    The in-person lecture by Assistant Professor Emanuel Admassu, Co-founder of AD—WO, will be live-streamed on GSAPP’s Youtube Channel.

October 18 (Virtual)

October 19 (Virtual)

  • 9:30 – 11AM
    Join a virtual conversation about the Urban Planning PhD Program with UP Program Director Weiping Wu, Assistant Professor Hiba Bou Akar, and Professor Tom Slater.
Lectures in Planning Series (LiPS)

This series of talks, organized by the UP PhD students throughout the year, brings together leading experts across the field to discuss today’s most pressing topics.

Visit the Spring 2022 LiPS playlist on YouTube.

Spring 2022 Lectures in Planning Series
Dialogues on Climate Justice
March 8, 2022
Recent Dissertations

Below are dissertations completed since 2020. For a complete list, please visit the UP Phd Program website.


Bernadette Baird-Zars

Team Rules: How City Officials Tweak Urban Futures through ‘Gray Institutions’ of Daily Practice in Land Use Permitting and Enforcement
Advisor: Elliott Sclar

Jonathan English

The Better Way: Transit Service and Demand in Metropolitan Toronto, 1953-1990
Advisor: Elliott Sclar

Tyler Haupert ​

Racial and Spatial Disparities in Fintech Mortgage Lending in the United States
Advisor: Lance Freeman

Sophonie Joseph

Urbanisme in Ayiti: Diffusion, Decentralization & Disaster
Advisor: Clara Irazabal

Magda Maaoui

Mixité de Façade: How Historically Disinvested Neighborhoods Negotiate Inclusionary Zoning in Paris and New York
Advisor: Lance Freeman

Jung Eun Park

Cost Overruns and Schedule Delays of Major Projects: Why We Need Reference Class Forecasting
Advisor: Lance Freeman

Valerie Stahl

Housing Publics: Contested Approaches to Public Housing Redevelopment in New York City
Advisor: Lance Freeman


Hyun Hye Bae

An Analysis of the Community Participation Process in New York City – Focusing on its Effectiveness, Representativeness, and Inclusiveness
Advisor: Lance Freeman

Elizabeth Marcello

State Public Authorities, Local Politics, and Democratic Planning: New York’s Empire State Development Corporation
Advisor: Robert Beauregard

Danielle Petretta

The Political Economy of Value Capture: How the Financialization of Hudson Yards Created a Private Rail Line for the Rich
Advisor: Elliott Sclar

Rosalie Ray

Multi-Scalar Deliberative Transportation Planning: How London and Paris Made Way for Buses
Advisor: Elliott Sclar

Siobhan Watson

Building on Local Successes: The Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant Program and Its Lessons for Federal Climate Policy
Advisor: Elliott Sclar

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.