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Christopher Campbell

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Christopher Campbell, PhD
Chair, Department of Urban Design and Planning; Senior Lecturer Full-time, Urban Design and Planning; Director, Community, Environment, and Planning Program



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Office: 410J Gould Hall
Phone: (206) 543-6063
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
410J Gould Hall
Seattle, WA 98195

My research focuses on community and place-making at different scales and in different settings. I am particularly interested in the social aspects of place-making and the intersection of design, social behavior, and culture. My forthcoming book, titled Making Los Angeles: Constructing a Sense of Place Out of Ordinary Urban Space (Yale Cultural Series, Paradigm Publishers), looks at how people routinely draw upon underlying symbolic grammars to construct a sense of place in very un-place-like urban settings. I am also developing a research track in Russian urban planning and design. With Professor Frank Westerlund (UW) and Professor Irina Kukina (KSAACE), I founded and continue to run the Seattle/Krasnoyarsk Exchange Program on Urban Policy, Planning, and Education. This program promotes research and student, faculty, and professional exchanges between the University of Washington and Krasnoyarsk Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Krasnoyarsk, Russia (Siberia).


Selected Publications

Campbell, C. August, 2006. Bridging the Divide: Modeling the Material and Ideational Elements of Place. Paper accepted for the American Sociological Association Annual Meetings. Montreal, Canada.

Campbell, C. May, 2006. Designing for the Profane: Reconsidering the Dark Side of Urban Life Urban Spaces. Paper accepted for the International Making Cities Livable Conference. Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Campbell, C. 2001. "Social structure, space, and sentiment: Searching for common ground in sociological conceptions of community," Research and Community Sociology. JAI Press, v.10: 21-57.

Campbell, Christopher D., Frederick Campbell, Lynda Goff, Wendy Katkin. 2001. "General Education Cluster Courses: Lessons form the First Five Years," Review and Recommendations Report, UCLA.

Campbell, Christopher D. and Arianne Abell. 1998. "A Qualitative Assessment of the UCLA Pilot Cluster Program." Prepared for the UCLA General Education Program, Office of the Provost, UCLA College of Letters and Sciences and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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