M.S. Urban Planning

The Urban Planning Program has as its mission the education of individuals in the (1) fundamental economic and political processes that shape the built environment of cities, (2) ways in which governments, community-based organizations, private sector actors, and political mobilizations produce and influence these processes, and (3) crafting of collective efforts to improve the quality of life of city residents. The tensions among market forces, civil society and the goals of planning are of major concern. Particular attention is given to the importance of expert knowledge and the quest for social justice.

In pursuit of these goals, the program focuses on the ideas and techniques developed by planners and social activists since the emergence of the planning profession in the early twentieth century. To this, the faculty adds knowledge from the social sciences, architecture and urban design, historic preservation and the humanities.

Throughout the curriculum, the emphasis is on real-world problems and how planners can act to improve the lives of urban residents. In doing so, the program takes the cities of the world as its laboratory. With the program located in New York City, one of the global centers of international commerce and culture and a city experiencing population growth, it looks to the city’s planning issues for studios, classroom examples and thesis topics. Still, the problems of cities — whether they be London or Sao Paulo, Las Vegas or Nairobi — can be understood only in a global context. By the end of their time in the program, students are competent to analyze issues, develop plans and advise policymakers on the important issues related to the growth and development of cities. They do so with the intent of making cities more just, more equitable and more prosperous.

Curriculum

The faculty shares a core pedagogic belief that the best professional education takes place in an environment of learning by doing, reinforced by classroom work and group projects. Planners must have a thorough understanding of the economic, social, political, and physical forces that shape the built environment. These beliefs are implemented through program offerings that include familiarity with the range of analytic and research techniques used by planners, a semester-long studio project, and courses in planning history and theory.

Planning education is designed to produce individuals who have a general knowledge of urban and regional development (and planning interventions to shape that development) and specialized knowledge in a sub‐discipline of planning. The five concentration options include: Housing and Community Development; Urban Analytics; International Planning; Land Use, Transportation, and the Environment; and Urban and Economic Development. Students take a minimum of four courses in a Concentration.

Studios
Studio is the core teaching model of an architecture school. In the Urban Planning studio, there is a real client with a real-world issue that will be analyzed by students working as a team under the direction of the faculty member. The plan that results will reflect data analysis, design analysis, and economic analysis, and will have encouraged students to consider "best practices" in planning as well as encourage innovative thinking. Studio takes place in the spring of the students' first year, and is thus not a "capstone" project but a way of integrating classroom learning with practical experience early in the students' education.
Current Faculty
Moshe Adler
M.S. Urban Planning
Robert Beauregard
M.S. Urban Planning, Ph.D. in Urban Planning
Jessie Braden
M.S. Urban Planning
Alejandro de Castro Mazarro
M.S. Urban Planning, Latin American and Caribbean Laboratory
Lance Freeman
M.S. Urban Planning
Richard Froehlich
M.S. Real Estate Development, M.S. Urban Planning
Eldad Gothelf
M.S. Urban Planning
Jyoti Hosagrahar
M.S. Urban Planning, Sustainable Urbanism
Clara Irazábal
M.S. Urban Planning, Latin American and Caribbean Laboratory
Andrea Kahn
M.S. Architecture and Urban Design, M.S. Urban Planning
Floyd Lapp
M.S. Urban Planning
Peter Marcotullio
M.S. Urban Planning
Jonathan Martin
M.S. Urban Planning
Leah Meisterlin
M.S. Urban Planning
Lee Miller
M.S. Urban Planning
Justin Moore
M.S. Architecture and Urban Design, M.S. Urban Planning
Stephen Pearlman
M.S. Real Estate Development, M.S. Urban Planning
Juan Saldarriaga
M.S. Urban Planning, M.S. Architecture and Urban Design, Center for Spatial Research
Andrew Scherer
M.S. Urban Planning
Elliott Sclar
Ph.D. in Urban Planning, M.S. Urban Planning
Ethel Sheffer
M.S. Urban Planning
Kian Tajbakhsh
M.S. Urban Planning
Marcela Tovar-Restrepo
M.S. Urban Planning
Graham Trelstad
M.S. Urban Planning
Weiping Wu
Ph.D. in Urban Planning, M.S. Urban Planning