Urban Planning and Design

Professional Development + Associations
Career Development + Accreditation
Job / Internship Listings + Sample Employers
Additional Resources for Graduate Students

Professional Development + Associations

  • American Planning Association (APA): The American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.

  • APA Urban Design and Preservation (UDP): The Division is a nationwide community of professionals dedicated to supporting educational and networking opportunities for planners, urban designers, preservationists and allied professionals. We offer great opportunities to promote these topics within the field of planning and within the APA.

  • Association of Bicycle and Pedestrian Professionals: The mission of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) is to grow the pedestrian and bicycle profession and its influence by facilitating the exchange of professional and technical knowledge, elevating practitioners' skills and defining the field.

  • The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU): is the leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions. Whether it be in brownfields, emerging growth areas, established cities, or small town suburbs, New Urbanism reinforces the character of existing areas in making them walkable, sustainable, and vibrant, revitalizing and energizing communities to their true potential. The principles of New Urbanism are also central to making whole regions more livable, coherent and sustainable.

  • Forum and Institute for Urban Design: seeks to amplify the influence and understanding of urban design's role in creating dynamic, cooperative, competitive, and sustainable cities. By serving as a common platform for architects, landscape architects, planners, policy-makers, activists, developers, investors, academics and journalists, the Forum and Institute for Urban Design presents perspectives across disciplines to energize the debate on how to improve our cities and metropolitan regions. 

  • International Economic Development Council: a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. 

  • Urban Land Institute (ULI): The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.


  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP): is the American Planning Association's professional institute, providing recognized leadership nationwide in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice.

  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP): a consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning. Acting together, the ACSP member school faculty are able to express their shared commitments to understanding the dynamics of urban and regional development, enhancing planning practices, and improving the education of both novice and experienced planners.

  • Environmental Leadership Program (ELP): aims to catalyze change by providing emerging leaders with the support and guidance they need to launch new endeavors, achieve new successes, and rise to new leadership positions.

  • SPUR: Through research, education and advocacy, SPUR promotes good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Job and Internship Listings

  • US Army Corps of Engineers: is one of the world's premier public engineering, design, and construction management agencies, striving to provide the most effective engineering and environmental science solutions to the nation's complex problems affecting national security, the economy, and the environment in which we live. USACE manages four program areas that include civil works, military construction, real estate, and research and development.


Federal Government

State and Local Government

Transportation Planning Consultants

Economic Development Corporations and Councils


  • Architizer: the largest platform for architecture and design online hosting projects uploaded by the designers themselves.

  • Forum for Urban Design: For thirty years the Institute for Urban Design has positioned itself as a central platform for debate over issues related to urban planning, development, and design. By creating a common territory for architects, planners, policy-makers, developers, academics, journalists, and urban enthusiasts, we acknowledge that to ensure quality in planning and urban design, a dialogue must emerge that represents the diversity of stakeholder voices affected by urban development.

  • Planetizen: a public-interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community. It is a one-stop source for urban planning news, editorials, book reviews, announcements, jobs, education, and more.

  • PlannersWeb: provides useful, jargon-free, articles and resource information.

  • PlanPhilly: an independent, non-partisan, news organization covering design, planning and development in Philadelphia. PlanPhilly engages and educates citizens on the value of a well-designed city and encourages active involvement in shaping it through news coverage and content sharing.

  • Urban Land: Urban Land is the magazine of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). We publish six print editions per year, plus online articles nearly every business day. With this online edition, our goal is to give you: Timely, succinct and useful information from ULI; Specific stories and examples, told in more people's voices; Information from your peers and colleagues in real estate & land use; and Perspectives on today's issues and topics that you don't get anywhere else

  • The Urbanist: monthly magazine published by SPUR

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For Graduate Students in the School of Design

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Updated January 2, 2019