Planning & Community Development

We are city planning and community development practitioners and scholars engaged in developing designs, programs, policies, and other solutions to the pressing social, environmental, and economic challenges facing communities in the 21st century. We are educating the next generation of leaders with the essential knowledge, skills, and values to work collaboratively with stakeholders to establish lasting improvements in the quality of life of residents. 

The department offers a BS Community Development and MS City and Regional Planning, which is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. Both programs integrate theory, methods, practice, and service learning to provide students with in-depth understanding of urban problems, ability to craft solutions, and capacity to act -- to make an impact. 

Located on a vibrant, urban campus in the heart of Philadelphia - a great city to learn and practice community development and city planning.

We offer the following academic programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Community Development
  • Master of Science in City and Regional Planning
  • Plus +1 Accelerated Masters
  • Minors and Certificates

If you care about the present and future sustainability of neighborhoods, cities, and regions then look no further than Planning & Community Development.

Empowering You & Empowering Communities

Upcoming Events

Lecture Series and Seminars

  • April 11, 2018
  • 4:30pm

Pablo Meninato from PM ARQ. ...

  • April 04, 2018
  • 4:30pm

Shawn Rickenbacker from the City College of New York.  ...


  • Clay Lloyd (BS CRP '13) Hired by Temple Office of Emergency Management

    Clay Lloyd is back at Temple, but this time, it’s for good. Before coming to Temple to earn a BS in Commuity and Regional Planning, he had worked doing outreach and ed...

  • 2017 AICP Outstanding Student Award Winner - Randall Rook

    At the Tyler School of Art awards ceremony, Randal Rook, MS City and Regional Planning, was presented with the American Institute of Certified Planners Outstanding Stu...

  • The Tyler Carnival is Back!

    Free food. Inflatable rides. Temporary tattoos. Cotton Candy Stand. Did I mention free food? If any of those seem appealing to you, you should make your way to Tyler...

  • Undergraduate
  • Accelerated BA/BS + MS Degree

    The  4+1 Accelerated BA/BS + MS City and Regional Planning Program enables students to graduate with a BA or BS from any major at Temple University and an MS City and Regional Planning degree in 5 years rather than the typical 6 years. 4+1 st... More More about Accelerated BA/BS + MS Degree

  • Minors and Undergraduate Certificates

    The Planning & Community Development department offers a range of minors and undergraduate certificates providing training in sustainable development principles and practices that are relevant to and open to all students at Temple Univers... More More about Minors and Undergraduate Certificates

  • Graduate
    Alumni Spotlight

    Jason Hachadorian

    Jason Hachadorian

    Jason Hachadorian (MS CRP '15) is heading to Washington to work as a research assistant focusing on Innovation Districts with the Brookings Institution. Like many who land in the nation’s capital, he wants to use his talents to affect positive change, particularly in urban centers. “Cities right now are enjoying a real resurgence. After decades of people leaving urban centers, people are moving back to cities,” said Hachadorian, 26, of Collegeville, who graduated with an M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from Temple in May. “The focus now needs to be on how to handle this influx of people and apply sound redevelopment strategies to accommodate them. As a planner, you develop on-the-ground knowledge of how cities work in addition to learning how to communicate and mediate between different stakeholders, recognizing changes in demographics and the environmental realities cities face.” More

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    Featured Event

    AED Graduate Programs Information Session- Ambler Campus

    March 19, 2018

    Join us for an information session on March 19th about Tyler School of Art's Division of Architecture and Environmental Design to learn m

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    Annual Celebration of Women in Horticulture - Karyl Evans: The Life and Gardens of BEATRIX FARRAND - Movie Screening and Discussion

    March 14, 2018

    Wednesday, March 14, 7 p.m., Ambler Campus Learning Center Auditorium $20 for Arboretum Associates and $30 for non-members

    Book Cover - The Green Amendment
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    Maya van Rossum Lecture and Book Signing

    March 13, 2018

    Maya K. van Rossum is a veteran environmentalist who joined the Delaware Riverkeeper Network in 1994 as Executive Director and since 1996

    Orsatti and Stuart Firm Project Photos
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    LA-Hort Spring 2018 Lecture Series: Patrick Stuart

    March 21, 2018

    Title: The Inter-Relationship of the Professional Disciplines of Landscape Architecture and Planning

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    Pablo Meninato

    April 11, 2018

    Pablo Meninato from PM ARQ.

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    AED Graduate Programs Information Session- Center City Campus

    February 20, 2018

    Join us for an information session on February 20th about Tyler School of Art's Division of Architecture and Environmental Design to lear

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    Shaun Rickenbacker

    April 04, 2018

    Shawn Rickenbacker from the City College of New York. 

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    Petra Stanev

    March 14, 2018

    Petra Stanev from Stanev Potts Architecture.

    Greber Parkway Design
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    David Brownlee - Building the City Beautiful in Philadelphia

    January 31, 2018

    The City Beautiful Movement was America's first internationally important contribution to city planning, and the Benjamin Franklin Parkwa

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    Division of Architecture and Environmental Design Career Fair 2018

    February 27, 2018

    The Division of Architecture and Environmental Design is hosting a Career Fair on Tuesday, February 27th from 4:30 - 7:00 pm. The fair wi

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    End of Semester Department Outing - Philadelphia Assembled

    December 10, 2017

    All Planning and Community Development students are invited for an end of the semester outing to the Philadelphia Musuem of Art.  We will