A Program to Meet Today's Urban Challenges
NYU Wagner's Master of Urban Planning Program provides students with the skills to solve today's urban challenges: economic growth and equity, resilience and environmental planning, transportation, housing, and community development.
Based in a preeminent school of public service, the program blends traditional planning with public policy, management, and finance to prepare students to work in public agencies, consulting firms, nonprofits, and other organizations dedicated to building thriving urban centers.
NYU Wagner's urban planners join a network of Wagner alumni who work in communities across the nation and globe; our graduates are equipped with the broad mix of skills essential for leading cities in the 21st century.
Urban Planning in Action
Elephant in the Planning Room: Forum on Diversity in Planning Schools
April 21, 2016
On Friday, April 15, the APA New York Metro Chapter Diversity Committee and Student Representative Committee hosted a forum on diversity, academia, and planning. Planning professionals joined faculty and students from Wagner, Pratt, Columbia, Hunter, and Rutgers to develop strategies to increase diversity in urban planning programs.
Wagner Alumnus Marlon Williams, Director of Cross Agency Partnerships at the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene’s Center for Health Equity delivered a keynote speech on diversity in the planning profession. Williams seeks to address racial disparities in health outcomes, working at the “intersection of public health and urban planning.” He advocates for planners to “be part of the answer towards building a more equitable urban future” and to incorporate the expertise of lived experience into the planning process.
Participants in the event engaged in a workshop to develop specific tactics for recruitment and retention of faculty and students from underrepresented groups, and to enhance issues of diversity in the urban planning program curriculum. Finally, Cara Michell and Shani Carter of Harvard’s Black in Design Conference called in via Skype to discuss their experience advancing diversity issues in their program and profession.
The Diversity Committee will be sharing strategies from the workshop soon – look for announcements in the APA NYM Chapter e-blast! To learn more about the chapter or the Student Representative Committee, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Alisha Beatty, MUP 2017
Raising the Bar: Visions for a Sustainable New York
January 28, 2016
On Friday, December 11th, more than 90 students from Wagner, Columbia, Hunter and Pratt, as well as NYC planning professionals, gathered in the Rudin Family Forum for a panel discussion on sustainability and urban planning. The event opened with a keynote presentation by Eric Sanderson, author of Mannahatta and creator of the interactive sustainable planning website Visionmaker.
The panel that followed was moderated by Thehbia Hiwot, Managing Director of Housing Programs for the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, and featured Eric Duchon, Director of Sustainability Strategies at Cushman & Wakefield, Michael Porto, Director of Outreach and Planning at the Waterfront Alliance, and Juan Camilo Osorio, Director of Research at the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance. Discussion topics included the OneNYC plan, LEED and WEDG guidelines, and ensuring equal access to renewable energy investments.
This event was co-sponsored by NYU Wagner’s Urban Planning Student Association and the APA New York Metro Chapter’s Student Representative Committee and New York Section. To learn more about the APA Student Representative Committee and how to get involved, please contact email@example.com.
-Alisha Beatty, MUP 2017
I Know What You Did Last Summer: MUP 2s Reflect on their Summer Internship Experiences
September 29, 2015
As planners, our backgrounds, skills, and areas of interest are wide-ranging, from affordable housing finance to transportation infrastructure to environmental analysis. We work across private, public, and non-profit sectors, and often at their intersection. Our peers are watching and acting on some of the most important emerging questions in our world today: how to make […]
Hilary Ballon | The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011Urban Planning.
Zhan Guo | How can major cities reduce automobile congestion and pollution?Transportation.
Ingrid Gould Ellen | Does subsidized housing improve communities?Housing.
Summer Internships Around the WorldCareers.
Paul Smoke | The process, and the politics, of central-government decentralization in developing countriesInternational Development.
Martha Kenton & Noah LevineCity Management.
Empire Award for Leadership in Affordable HousingUrban Planning.
NYU Wagner WAGTalk - Zhan GuoUrban Planning.
WAGTalk: Ingrid Gould Ellen, “Preserving History or Hindering Progress”Urban Planning.
Affiliated Centers & Institutes
- Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP)
- Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy
- Innovation Labs
- Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems
- Marron Institute
- Rudin Center for Tansportation Policy and Management
- Stern Urbanization Project
- Wagner Innovation Labs
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Alumni in Action
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Graduates of Wagner's international planning specialization leave well prepared to work with governments, international development agencies and community-based NGOs working on sub-national development issues.