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Build Cities, or rebuild cities, that are vibrant, just, and sustainable. Empower people to transform their communities, and themselves. Immerse yourself in the living laboratory of Los Angeles: one of the most dynamic and diverse regions of the world. Opportunity and possibility? Limitless. Welcome to Urban Planning at UCLA.


<ul><li><p>ImAgIneif you could CHANGE the way cities work.</p><p>MAstErs DEGrEE iN urbAN PlANNiNG</p><p>|Urban Planning</p></li><li><p>YOU CAn.</p><p>Welcome to Urban Planning at UCLA.</p></li><li><p>oPPortuNity AND Possibility? Limitless. </p><p>builD CitiEs, or rebuild cities, that are vibrant,</p><p>just, and sustainable. | EMPoWEr PEoPlE to</p><p>transform their communities, and themselves. | </p><p>iMMErsE yoursElF in the living laboratory </p><p>of Los Angeles: one of the most dynamic and </p><p>diverse regions of the world.</p></li><li><p>Building Cities and Regions, empowering Communities</p><p>Professional planners solve problems </p><p>at many scales: in neighborhoods, </p><p>cities, and large-scale regions.</p><p>Urban</p></li><li><p>the Urban Planning PrOFessiOn addresses the delivery and finance of public services, including </p><p>employment, transportation, housing, open space, the control of pollution and environmental </p><p>degradation, and the management of resources. Although the origins of the profession are in </p><p>urban design, civil engineering, and good government, urban planning has evolved into a broad, </p><p>integrative field concerned with the social and physical organization of society, where planners </p><p>address economic and social inequities within a cultural and environmental context.</p><p>The UCLA Advantagethe Ucla DePartment OF Urban Planning is at the intersectiOn of unique academic, </p><p>regional, geographic, and professional resources that create a learning environment unlike any </p><p>other. Los Angeles, one of the most culturally diverse and exciting urban settings in the world, </p><p>serves as a unique laboratory for faculty and students to study and solve urban issues and problems.</p><p>the wOrlD-class FacUlty in the DePartmentnationally and internationally recognized schol-</p><p>ars and leaders in community development, environmental planning, housing, land development, </p><p>regional and international development, transportation, and urban designprepare masters and </p><p>doctoral degree students to address the social, economic, and spatial relationships that shape </p><p>society. Students are prepared not only with cutting-edge skills in planning, but also to understand </p><p>and address deeper questions of planningWhat qualities in society do we value most? What is </p><p>fair? Whose interests are to be served first?and to help multiple stakeholders understand what is </p><p>at issue as they forward their own proposals.</p><p>Planning:</p></li><li><p>Degree Requirementsthe masters Degree in Urban Planning is a twO-year, FUll-time PrOgram that is fully </p><p>accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, a joint undertaking of the American Institute of </p><p>Certified Planners and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Masters students must </p><p>complete a minimum of 72 units (18 courses), a minimum of 12 units in each of six quarters. All </p><p>masters degree students are expected to take core courses in the history and processes of urban-</p><p>ization, the theories and histories of planning, applied micro-economics, quantitative analysis, and </p><p>applied research design. Professional development and field work are also important components </p><p>of the masters program. In the second year, students must complete a thesis or applied planning </p><p>research capstone project (individually or as part of a group). Students also select one or more areas </p><p>of concentration from among:</p><p> Community Housing and Development Design and Development Environmental Analysis and Policy Regional and International Development Transportation Policy and Planning</p></li><li><p>Practitioners and Change Agents: Urban Planning StudentsUcla Urban Planning stUDents come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and are attracted to </p><p>the diversity and vitality of Los Angeles from across the country and around the world. They rep-</p><p>resent undergraduate education at top academic institutions such as Berkeley, Harvard, Michigan, Oxford, and Stanford Universities and many bring professional experience from diverse industries </p><p>to the program. </p><p>the masters Degree PrOgram attracts inDiviDUals with a strong interest in public service </p><p>who share a passion for changing the way cities and regions work. They come from a broad range </p><p>of undergraduate backgrounds including architecture, geography, sociology, political science, edu-</p><p>cation, and engineering. Typically, students who are accepted into the program have a minimum </p><p>of 3-5 years of work experience (for example in teaching, architectural practice, or community </p><p>development), although a select number of exceptional advanced students are accepted directly </p><p>from their undergraduate institutions.</p></li><li><p>sOcial welFare FacUlty. </p><p>The UCLA Urban Planning Department is consistently ranked as one </p><p>of the premier planning programs in the country, and its reputation is </p><p>built largely on the quality of the facultyNAtioNAlly AND iNtErNA-</p><p>tioNAlly rECoGNizED rEsEArCHErs AND PrACtitioNErs in community </p><p>development and organizing, cultural studies and planning, economic </p><p>development, environmental policy, housing, international develop-</p><p>ment, labor policy, ethnic studies, rural development, social policy, </p><p>transportation, urban design, and urban and regional theory.</p><p>eric avila, Associate Professor, Ph.D., History, University of California, Berkeley. The culture of cities; comparative U.S. urban history; 20th-century urbanism; history of </p><p>Los Angeles; racial identity and racialization; urban Latino/Chicano culture; the uses and </p><p>meanings of the urban built environment. </p><p>evelyn blumenberg, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles. Urban poverty and low-wage labor markets; social policy and planning; social and economic </p><p>inequality; gender and planning; welfare and work; transportation and economic development.</p><p>stephen commins, Lecturer, Ph.D., Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles. History of development planning and theory; regional economic development policies; </p><p>Non-Governmental Organizations; the World Bank; regional development banks; linkages </p><p>between globalization and local community decision making; complex humanitarian </p><p>emergencies; business policies and environmental systems. </p><p>Urban Planning FacUlty </p></li><li><p>randall crane, Professor, Ph.D., Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Urban development; environmental policy; housing; governance; basic environmental </p><p>services in Africa, Asia, and Latin America; land use/travel linkages; governance reform in </p><p>decentralizing nations; environmental indicators; public policies toward sprawl; and housing </p><p>and poverty in suburbia. </p><p>Dana cuff, Professor, Ph.D., Architecture, University of California, Berkeley. Social production of the built environment; political context for design; social and cultural bases of </p><p>design; low-income housing and neighborhoods; urban design; community planning; critical </p><p>urban studies; qualitative methods; affordable housing, modernism, and the politics of place; </p><p>theory and history of property rights related to public housing and urban redevelopment.</p><p>matthew Drennan, Visiting Professor, Ph.D., Economics, New York University. Urban economics; transformation of metropolitan economies; urban public finance; analysis of </p><p>economic effects of natural (tsunami) and unnatural (9/11) shocks to regional economies. </p><p>leobardo estrada, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Sociology, Florida State University. Social planning; survey research; planning for multiple publics; demographic studies; geographic </p><p>informational systems. </p><p>carol goldstein, Lecturer, B.A., Environmental Design, Northwestern University. Cultural policy, planning, funding, and facility development; public art; cultural bases for coalition-</p><p>building; infrastructure and resources for artists, cultural workers, and arts organizations; equity, </p><p>access and participation issues; arts administration/management. </p><p>gilda haas, Lecturer, M.A., Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles.</p><p> The right to the city, urban land reform, popular economics, and strategies for building effective </p><p>democratic organization.</p><p>continued on following page</p></li><li><p>continued fRoM pReViouS page</p><p>susanna hecht, Professor, Ph.D., Geography, UC Berkeley. Environmental impact of resource-based and rural development; political economy of tropical rain </p><p>forest development; women in development; international development studies; international </p><p>environmental politics; environmental history; alternative agricultural production systems; </p><p>resources and resistance movements. </p><p>marie Kennedy, Visiting Professor, M. Arch., Harvard University. Community development, planning education, participatory action research; developing racial and </p><p>cultural awareness in community planning and on participatory planning methodologies for </p><p>community empowerment; water politics and policies; Latin American social movements. </p><p>Jacqueline leavitt, Professor, Ph.D., Urban Planning, Columbia University. Rethinking housing policy; community development; public housing; multiculturalism; womens </p><p>needs; alternative planning and design for empowering grassroots groups. Special projects include </p><p>work with resident leaders in public housing; homelessness; meanings of home. </p><p>robin liggett, Professor, Ph.D., Operations Research, University of California, Los Angeles. Quantitative methods; computer graphics and computer applications in architecture, urban design, </p><p>and urban planning; development of interactive computer software for aid to design and decision </p><p>making with special emphasis on facility layout.</p><p>anastasia loukaitou-sideris, Professor, Ph.D., Urban and Regional Planning, University of Southern California. Public environment of the city; physical planning and urban design for different cultures; </p><p>privatization of public open space; development of land use policies and design guidelines for </p><p>commercial corridors; transit-based communities in Los Angeles and their effect on urbanization </p><p>and community rebuilding; issues of safety/security in inner city areas, and bus stop crime. </p><p>Urban Planning FacUlty </p></li><li><p>vinit mukhija, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Urban Development and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.</p><p> Housing and the built environment; planning institutions and governance; urban development and </p><p>physical planning; urban redevelopment; collective action and property rights; and comparative </p><p>policy and planning. </p><p>barbara nelson, Professor, Ph.D., Political Science, Ohio State University. Conflict mediation in civil society; leadership, social policy, nonprofits; philanthropy, social </p><p>movements, and women and politics. </p><p>Paul Ong, Professor, Ph.D., Economics, University of California, Berkeley. Race, ethnicity, and environmentalism; social inequality; urban labor markets; immigrants in the </p><p>urban economy; welfare and work; geographic information systems and transportation planning. </p><p>gary Orfield, Professor, Ph.D., Political Science, University of Chicago. Educational policy as it relates to the challenges of urban schools; civil rights; urban policy and </p><p>minority opportunity. </p><p>neal richman, Lecturer, Ph.D., Development and Planning, University of Aalborg (Denmark). Professional practice, real estate development and finance, affordable housing development, </p><p>non-profit development and management, community development and the new technologies.</p><p>Donald shoup, Professor, Ph.D., Economics, Yale University. Public finance, urban economics, transportation, and land use; parking as a key link between </p><p>transportation and land use.</p><p>edward soja, Distinguished Professor, Ph.D., Geography, Syracuse University. Critical urban and regional studies; interpretations of urban restructuring in Los Angeles; compara-</p><p>tive studies of regional restructuring in industrial societies; and spatiality and planning theory. </p><p>continued on following page</p></li><li><p>continued fRoM pReViouS page</p><p>michael a. stoll, Professor, Ph.D., Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Interplay of race/ethnicity, urban poverty and labor markets, urban economic development strategies. </p><p>michael storper, Professor, Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Berkeley. The relationship between trade patterns and location patterns; regional development in the Brazilian </p><p>Northeast; evaluation of regional policy research for Directorate General XII of the European Union. </p><p>lois takahashi, Professor, Ph.D., Urban Planning, University of Southern California. Social service delivery focusing on HIV/AIDS and homelessness; NIMBY/community opposition </p><p>toward human service facilities; social capital and health; social capital and environmental </p><p>management in Southeast Asian cities. </p><p>brian D. taylor, Professor and Chair, Ph.D., Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles. Transportation policy, planning, and finance; politics of transportation finance including the history </p><p>of freeway finance and linking subsidies to public transit performance; equity in the finance of </p><p>transportation systems; transportation and urban form; planning for special populations including </p><p>the poor and the disabled. </p><p>chris tilly, Professor, Ph.D., Economics and Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Director, UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.</p><p> Work and labor markets; poverty and inequality; community and regional development; social </p><p>movements with a focus on the U.S. and Mexico, with some broader comparative work. </p><p>abel valenzuela, Professor, Ph.D., Urban and Regional Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. International migration; immigrants in the urban economy; causes and consequences of urban </p><p>poverty; welfare reform; social policy; race, ethnicity, and social inequality. </p><p>Urban Planning FacUlty </p></li><li><p>rui wang, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Public Policy, Harvard University. Environmental policy; transportation policy; urban economics; Chinese urbanization. </p><p>goetz wolff, Lecturer, M.Phil, Political Science, Yale University. Regional economic development; industrial restructuring and labor markets; Southern California </p><p>economy; policy-oriented industrial, spatial, and labor analysis; industry cluster/sectoral analysis </p><p>research methods; strategies for reducing inequality and increasing popular participation as an </p><p>integral part of economic development.</p><p>min Zhou, Professor, Ph.D., Sociology, State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany.Immigrant neighborhoods in Los Angeles: Chinatown, Koreatown, and Pico Union; intra-Asian </p><p>migration: diverse patterns of human movements and the role of the state; race and ethnicity; the </p><p>community; urban sociology. </p></li><li><p>A growth Industry for Trained ProfessionalsUrban Planning graDUates are well prepared to take leadership roles and effect change as prac-</p><p>titioners, researchers, and policy makers. Students join a global network of alumni working in </p><p>the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The jobs that Urban Planning graduates take after </p><p>completing their degrees are as diverse and unique as they are, including: community planners, </p><p>housing developers, transportation consultants, and environmental analysts, to list a few.</p><p>Contact UsDepartment Information: (310)...</p></li></ul>


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