Melissa Kaplan-Macey
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning

Melissa Kaplan-Macey, AICP, PP is the founding principal of Collaborative Planning Studio. CPS' philosophy is centered on high quality and highly responsive project management, planning, community outreach and stakeholder engagement. The focus of her practice is on assisting communities in visioning and developing clear plans for the future, and then seeing those plans through to funding and implementation. Her recent work includes community capacity building in the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut and facilitation of a community planning process for infrastructure improvements and transit-oriented development around the Tarrytown train station. Melissa teaches as an adjunct professor in the Urban Planning program at New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. She is also a registered Professional Planner in the State of New Jersey. She holds a Master in Urban Planning from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service and a Bachelor in Urban Studies from Brown University. Prior to launching Collaborative Planning Studio Melissa worked as a Senior Associate at BFJ Planning in New York City.

Semester Course
Spring 2015 URPL-GP.4647.001 Workshop in Planning: Creating 21st Century Communities

This course is an advanced planning workshop that will provide students with an understanding of how effective community plans are created and implemented. Students will learn about the plan development process at various scales- regional, municipal and neighborhood- and explore techniques for effective community engagement in the planning process. This workshop will explore the effectiveness of community plans in charting a course for the future and the ways in which plans can address the complex land use, environmental, health and social issues that confront today’s communities. The workshop will include a hands-on case study where students will have the opportunity to develop a community plan and outreach strategy for a local municipality and test their ideas with a municipal Planning Board.


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