Who We Are Urban Design and Preservation Division
If you embrace the past and future of our built environment, we invite you to join the American Planning Association Urban Design and Preservation Division.
We are a nationwide community of urban design and historic preservation emerging professionals and experienced practitioners in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. Our Division promotes the importance of design excellence, an equitable public realm, and stewardship of our historic places throughout the planning profession and beyond.
Design-Preservation Rapid Assistance Team Site Visit: North Miami, Florida
Our Division shared the expertise of its Design-Preservation Rapid Assistance Team (D-PRAT) with the City of North Miami on November 13-14. Now in its third year, this pro-bono program supports under-resourced communities and organizations that otherwise would not have access to these services by collaboratively planning for the future, focusing on urban design and/or historic preservation issues.
The D-PRAT workshop helped the City of North Miami plan for streetscape, historic preservation, and public space design. Read the D-PRAT team's findings and recommendations in their presentation to the community. The D-PRAT site visit was featured in Planning Magazine’s article about climate change’s impact on our communities and the planning profession.
Meet our new Scholars! 2023-2024 Division Scholars
We welcome our new Division Scholars! Jamie Zerillo of the University of Florida is our Division's Historic Preservation Scholar. Andrea Cruz Mejía of the University of Texas-Austin was selected as our Design-Preservation Rapid Assistance Team (D-PRAT) Scholar!
Learn more about Andrea and Jamie in this interview.
Career Paths What is Urban Design?
Interested in a career in urban design? Three experienced urban designers--Jason Beske, Senior Urban Designer at Stantec Urban Places, Jeff Shumaker, former Chief Urban Designer of New York City, and Ifeoma Ebo, Urban Designer/Planning Strategist--offer helpful advice to students and emerging professionals interested in becoming urban designers, and planning practicioners desiring more familiarity with urban design issues. The video was produced by Katelyn Huang, the Division's 2022-23 Scholar.