What is “urban planning”?
The faculty in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UF define “urban and regional planning” as a professional practice that applies systematic thinking, knowledge, ethical and societal principles, and innovative technologies to the problems and challenges of the natural and built environments. Planners use short and long-range vision, supported by information and analytical systems, as a means to improve quality of life and support healthy environments.
Planning at UF
The University of Florida’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning strives to be a leading graduate program with excellence in planning education, research, and service for the citizens of the state, the nation, and the world. To realize this vision, our program mission is to conduct cutting-edge research to develop new theories, methodology and technologies for guiding the next generation of planning; to educate planners who will understand diverse needs of the population in the planning process and who will work with innovative technologies and planning methods to ethically create livable cities within sustainable environments; and to provide professional and public services to communities in Florida, the nation, and the world.
In so doing, we are able to offer the following five areas of specialization, with each area expanding beyond the inherited historical and theoretical principles of urban planning:
- Environmental Planning
- Growth Management & Transportation
- Housing, Community & Economic Development
- Information Technologies for Planning
- Urban Design
The Department’s mission, goals and objectives have been developed through a broad-based participatory process that reflects the desires of faculty, the Department’s professional advisors, our students, the Planning Accreditation Board, and planning practitioners. In doing so, they reflect the faculty’s desire to develop a program of excellence that supports planning education, the profession, and the University’s status as a member of the American Association of Universities (AAU).