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Branden Born

Departmental Faculty

Branden Born, PhD
Associate Professor, Urban Design and Planning


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Office: 410H Gould Hall
Phone: (206) 543-4975 *Please note: No voicemail is available at this number.
Fax: (206) 685-9597
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University of Washington
Box 355740
Department of Urban Design and Planning
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
Street Address:
3949 15th Ave NE
410H Gould Hall
Seattle, WA 98195

My primary interests are in planning process and policy/decision making, land use, and social justice. Specifically, I am interested in the differential impacts on population subsets from land use and social policy decisions. Currently this translates into examination of the Growth Management Act and its effects on urban density, and studying food systems in an applied and theoretical manner. I am particularly interested by the political realities that make or break projects. Thus I focus my time on community issues that relate to land use, planning decision making, and food systems. I believe critical thought and the ability to clearly identify questions are crucial to both learning and successful planning and policy development. My research interests, teaching philosophy, and personal goals are congruent with the departmental mission, and I try to involve students through in-class exercises and community service as they hone their skills and develop their professional interests during their UDP tenure.


Selected Publications

Born, Branden and Mark Purcell. "Avoiding the Local Trap: Scale and Food Systems in Planning Reasearch," Journal of Planning Education and Research. Winter 2006.

Born, Branden. "A vision of South Lake Union in 2020: Expect more jobs, denser growth and an end to the Mercer Mess," Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. October 5, 2006.

Jacobs, Harvey, and Branden Born. 2000. Assessing the Land Use Policy Capacities in Wisconsin's Great Lakes Coastal Counties with Emphasis on Coastal Hazards Mitigation (21p). Report prepared for the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program of the Wisconsin Department of Administration. Land Tenure Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Allan, Majid, Branden Born, and Geoff Herbach (editors). 1997. Fertile Ground: Planning for the Madison/Dane County Food System (89p). Final report of URPL Graduate Planning Workshop class. Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

University of Washington
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