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Welcome to the Department of Urban Design and Planning (UDP). Our core mission is to develop a community of inquiry, learning, and practice that helps urban regions to become more livable, just, economically effective, and environmentally sound through a democratic process of urban design and planning.

Professor Marina Alberti¹s new paper "Eco-evolutionary dynamics in an urbanizing planet" is highlighted in the Feb 18th edition of UW Today news. Click here to read the article.

Announcing the Mitch Cushman Scholarship Fund
The Department of Urban Design and Planning announces the establishment of the Mitch Cushman Scholarship, made possible by a generous bequest from Dr. Mitchell Cushman. Dr. Cushman earned his Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of Washington in 1973. Read more

Faculty News: Deparment Welcomes Assistant Professor Himanshu Grover, Ph.D., AICP
The Department of Urban Design and Planning welcomes its newest Assistant Professor, Dr. Himanshu Grover. Dr. Grover comes to us from SUNY, Buffalo, where he was an Assistant Professor, and brings with him expertise in urban sustainability and climate change, hazard mitigation and community resiliency, and environmental planning. Read more

MUP Student Receives Bonderman Travel Fellowship
Here is the rule: You have to visit at least 6 countries on 2 continents over 8 months. Other than that, you do what you want. And the Bonderman Travel Fellowship will pay for it. Elizabeth Johnson, a Master student in the Department of Urban Design and Planning, is one of 14 lucky University of Washington students who was selected to receive the extraordinary Bonderman Travel Fellowship for 2014. Read more

Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP) Featured in Provost Report on Innovative Academic Programs.
The Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP) program is featured in the recently published Provost report, Connecting the Dots: Helping Students Link Academics and Careers, part of the Provost series on leading trends and issues in public higher education. The report identifies CEP as a campus model for how innovative undergraduate education can connect academics and student learning with successful career preparation. Read more

Bicycling across Latin America to Discover What Agriculture Can Be
What do Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP) students do after they graduate? If they’re Lydia Caudill (class of 2012) they buy a bike, head to Latin America, and use their film making talents to explore how communities from the south to the north are maintaining sustainable agricultural practices in the face of rapidly industrializing food systems. Read more

PAB Site Visit
February 22 – 25
2015 Gould Hall

The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) site visit team will arrive on February 22nd and spend four days reviewing the MUP program as part of the professional reaccreditation process that occurs every seven years. Read more

APA (American Planning Association) Conference
April 18 – 21, 2015
Washington State Convention Center

The National APA is coming to Seattle! The American Planning Association National Planning Conference will be held April 18-21 at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. With hundreds of sessions, workshops, speakers, and networking events, the conference serves as the largest gathering of professional planners in the country. Read more

UDP/APA Alumni & Friends Happy Hour and Reception: Come Home to Gould!
April 20, 2015
Gould Hall
If you’re coming to the APA National Conference – or even if you’re not - come join us in Gould Hall for the largest and best conference reception and happy hour! Catch up with friends and classmates, make new connections, and find out what’s going on in the department. Read more

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Department of Urban Design and Planning · 410 Gould Hall · Box 355740 · Seattle, WA 98195-5740 · Phone: (206) 543-4190 · Fax: (206) 685-9597 · email: udp@uw.edu