Malo Hutson

Malo Hutson is an Associate Professor in Urban Planning at Columbia GSAPP and Director of the school's Urban Community and Health Equity Lab. Hutson is a widely-recognized scholar, teacher, and practitioner whose research at the intersection of urban planning and health inequities is of profound relevance in the planning of today’s cities across the United States, and around the world. Professor Hutson’s specific focus is on community development and urban equity, racial and ethnic inequalities and urban policy, as well as the built environment and health.

Dr. Hutson has worked nationally and internationally on community-centered projects that improve the economic, environmental, political, and social well-being of urban residents. His research and writing have been recognized by numerous awards and grants, and his most recent book, The Urban Struggle for Economic, Environmental, and Social Justice: Deepening Their Roots (Routledge, 2016), explores the efforts by coalitions of residents, community leaders, unions, and others to resist displacement as a result of neighborhood change and gentrification.

Alongside his academic work, Dr. Hutson is co-founder of The NIAM Group, which develops policy recommendations for local government and leads community engagement for local development projects. As an expert leader in the areas of community development, environmental justice and urban health, he was invited to participate in the Obama Administration’s White House Forum on Environmental Justice, has advised the PEW Charitable Trusts and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Impact Project, and conducted the community engagement process for the Oakland Unified School District, among many other projects.

Dr. Hutson received his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and earned both his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master of City Planning degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining Columbia GSAPP, Malo Hutson was an Associate Professor and the Chancellor's Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also served as the Associate Director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning (IURD) and Chair of the Urban Studies Program. In addition, Dr. Hutson is an alumni of the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program where he was a fellow at the University of Michigan’s Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health within the School of Public Health.

GSAPP CONVERSATIONS

Dean Amale Andraos speaks with GSAPP Associate Professor Malo Hutson on the occasion of the launching of the Urban Community and Health Equity Lab. They discuss how housing and place affects residents’ health, day-to-day life, and sense of community – particularly for areas going through a neighborhood transformation. They also speak about how the benefits can be shared equitably between diverse communities as cities change, and how to move beyond the “paralysis of analysis.”

“So much of the built environment impacts our everyday lives and shapes the places that we live. The fundamental piece of my work is asking how does place matter: for your health, for economic opportunities, for education, for the environment – for all those things”
—Malo Hutson

Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
Pla6631‑1 Spring 2018
Global Healthy Cities
Malo Hutson
200 Buell
W 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
61779
Pla6911‑2 Spring 2018
Neighborhood Change, Displacement, and Health
Malo Hutson Required for UP 1st Years Only, Via Studio Lottery
200N/ 201 Fayerweather
W 3 PM - 7 PM
Full Semester
6 Points
82529
Pla4208‑1 Fall 2017
Planning Methods
Malo Hutson Required 1st Year (One lab is required)
114 Avery Hall
W 9 AM - 11 AM
Full Semester
3 Points
77947