Study Guides

Certified Urban Designer

The AICP Advanced Specialty Certification (ASC) examinations were tests of the knowledge and skill of AICP-credentialed planners. While the APA is no longer running the ASC program, many Division members contributed to putting this study guide together. We are happy to offer it as a resource for those interested.


NCPE/NPS Internships

The National Council for Preservation Education, in cooperation with the National Park Service, offers paid internships to students in higher education, as well as recent graduates, in historic preservation, cultural resource management, and related fields. Please follow the link for more information.

Session Resources

Tactical Urbanism: People and Pavement | New York City, 2017

Urban Designer and Planner, Margaret Rifkin (Montgomery County, Maryland Planning Department) presents with Mike Lydon of Street Plans Collaborative on tactical urbanism and the relationship between people and pavement.

Topics covered in this session included:

  • How to set up a program for community-initiated demonstration projects to test ideas for improving walking and biking
  • The basics of planning, designing, implementing, and maintaining a temporary path through an existing parking lot
  • What the MUTCD manual is, and why it matters
  • How to find and follow best practices for projects based on the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
  • Why design considerations such as color, texture, patterns, and posts are important for pedestrian safety


American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA)

ACRA is a non-profit dedicated to serving the needs of the cultural resources industry—those working in a variety of fields including historic preservation, history, archaeology, architectural history, historical architecture, and landscape architecture.

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Communities by Design

Similar to APA’s CPAT, AIA’s Center for Communities by Design is the hub for pro-bono work.

Regional and Urban Design: AIA Knowledge Community

The Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) of the AIA aims to improve the quality of the regional and urban environment by promoting excellence in design, planning, and public policy in the built environment. 

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

Historic Preservation Professional Practice Network

The Historic Preservation Professional Practice Network of the ASLA serves as a forum for landscape architects and their allied professionals to exchange knowledge and information in historic landscape preservation. Serving two primary functions, the network works to disseminate information to landscape architects working in historic preservation and to enhance communication among allied professionals and others interested in historic preservation.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a nonprofit that works to protect historic places. The National Trust works, in part, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, which include an investment corporation and an insurance agency.

Preservation Resources via the National Association of Preservation Commissions

The National Association of Preservation Commissions is a nonprofit founded to provide a forum for preservation commissions to discuss mutual problems and serve as a national voice for the particular needs of commissions.

The links include design guidelines, preservation plans, a professional directory, and similar resources for those interested.