A Letter of Welcome From Our Chair


As Chair of the Urban Design and Preservation Division (UDP), I would like to thank you for visiting our site. The UDP is an association of practitioners, academics, students, and others interested in the environments we create, and what we choose to preserve and reuse.  

The Division’s goals are to educate practitioners and others about the best thinking on urban design and historic preservation, and to promote the value of this knowledge to other planners and to the public. We do this through National Planning Conference sessions and other conference events, as well as through our newsletter, and award-winning webinars.  Join us for these events and take advantage of our resources.  The direction and extent of our activities is limited only by the energy of our members and volunteers.

The future is urban.  Let’s make it beautiful. 

—Andrew Vesselinovitch, AICP

Join the division for: 

  • Professional development and continuing education
  • Connecting with those who share your planning passions
  • Contributing to national policy work
  • Realizing an urban design or preservation project through volunteering