Ph.D. in Urban Planning


The Ph.D. in Urban Planning is a program within the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) while the actual degree is granted by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). In it, the student is immersed in the theoretical and methodological tools of the social sciences in order to contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field of planning. The program consists of two years of coursework, qualifying examinations in the history and theory of planning and in a substantive area (called the sector), and the writing and defense of a dissertation proposal followed by the dissertation and its defense.

Core Urban Planning Doctoral Faculty:

  • Lance Freeman (Director)
  • Hiba Bou Akar
  • Malo Hutson
  • Weiping Wu

Fall 2017 Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
Pla8900‑1 Fall 2017
Doctoral Colloquium I
Elliott Sclar Required PhD 1
409 Avery
Tu 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
Pla8902‑1 Fall 2017
Doctoral Colloquium III
Elliott Sclar Required PhD 2
409 Avery
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
Pla6925‑1 Fall 2017
Advanced Research I
Weiping Wu By Appointment
Full Semester
2-3 Points
A4122‑1 Fall 2017
Mapping For Architecture Urbanism and Humanities
Michelle McSweeney All GSAPP Interdisciplinary, GSAS, M.Arch - Visual Studies
408 Avery
F 9 AM - 11 AM
Full Semester
3 Points
A6776‑1 Fall 2017
Cultural Strategies & Production
Karen Wong All GSAPP Interdisciplinary, Elective Seminar
F 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
A6783‑1 Fall 2017
Narrative Urbanism: Strategic Storytelling For Designers and Planners
Cassim Shepard All GSAPP Interdisciplinary, M.Arch - Visual Studies
115 Avery
F 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points