Robert Beauregard

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Director, Urban Planning Ph.D. Program

Robert A. Beauregard is a Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia GSAPP. He is chair of the Doctoral Subcommittee on Urban Planning and teaches courses on planning theory, urban redevelopment policy, social theory and epistemology. His Ph.D. is in city and regional planning from Cornell University and he has a degree in architecture from RISD. He previously taught at The New School, University of Pittsburgh and Rutgers University, and has been a visiting professor at UCLA and at the Helsinki University of Technology. In addition, Beauregard is a docent professor in the Department of Social Policy at the University of Helsinki and was a part-time visiting professor in the Department of Geography, King’s College, London in 2008.

Beauregard’s research focuses mainly on urban planning and urbanization in the United States with particular attention to industrial city decline after World War II – a story told in Voices of Decline: The Postwar Fate of US Cities (Routledge, 2003ed.) – and to current urban growth and decline with specific attention to resurgent and shrinking cities. His most recent books are Planning for a Material World (Rouledge, 2016) co-edited with Laura Lieto, Planning Matter: Acting with Things (Chicago, 2015) and When America Became Suburban (University of Minnesota Press, 2006).

Currently, Beauregard is finishing a book on the U.S. city tentatively titled Ambiguous Achievement: The Contradictions of Urban Life and continues to write on the intersection of the new materialism of actor-network theory, urban planning and urban development.

Most recently, Beauregard has published the following books, academic articles, and book chapters:

  • Planning for a Material World. London: Routledge, 2016. Co-edited with Laura Lieto.
  • Planning Matter: Acting with Things. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.
  • “We Blame the Building: The Architecture of Distributed Responsibility,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 39, 3 (2015):533-549.
  • “Shrinking Cities,” International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition, 2015, pp. 917-922.
  • “Shrinking Cities in Historical Perspective: A Research Note,” pp. 33-41 in K. Pallgst, T. Weichmann, and C. Martinez-Fernandez, eds., Shrinking Cities: International Perspectives and Policy Implications. New York: Routledge, 2014.
  • “The Neglected Places of Practice,” Planning Theory & Practice 14, 1 (2013):8-19.
  • “Planning for a Material World,” Crios 6 (2013):11-20, with Laura Lieto.
  • “Planning With Things,” Journal of Planning Education and Research 32, 2 (2012):182-190.
  • “In Search of Assemblages,” Crios 4 (2012): 9-16.
  • “What Theorists Do,” Urban Geography 33, 4 (2011):474-487.
  • “Radical Uniqueness and the Flight from Urban Theory,” pp. 186-202 in D.R. Judd and D. Simpson, eds., The City Revisited. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2011.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
Pla6919‑1 Spring 2017
Urban Planning Thesis II
Robert Beauregard Required 2nd Yr
By Appointment
Full Semester
3 Points
Pla6011‑1 Fall 2016
Cities, Buildings & Materiality
Robert Beauregard PHYSICAL
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
Pla6805‑1 Spring 2016
Robert Beauregard
TU 11 A M - 1 PM
3 Points