Planning & Community Development

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

We are practitioners and scholars engaged in developing designs, programs, policies and other solutions to the pressing social, environmental, and economic challenges facing by 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 and make an impact. 

Empowering You & Empowering Communities

Upcoming Events

Lecture Series


  • Community Development Student a Member of the First Temple Student Parliament

    “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.” These words spoken by Franklin Roosevelt were the call to serve on the ...

  • AED Graduate Information Sessions - Spring 2017

    Join us for a graduate information session about the Tyler School of Art Division of Architecture & Environmental Design to learn more about the graduate degree pr...

  • Randall Rook (City Planning MS) Awarded Fellowship

    Randall Rook (MSCRP '16) recently was awarded a Wagner Free Institute of Science Humanities & Arts Research Fellowship. The Wagner Free Institute of Science at 17t...

  • Undergraduate
  • Accelerated BS + MS Degree

    The  4+1 Accelerated BS Community Development + MS City and Regional Planning Program enables students to graduate with a BS Community Development and MS City and Regional Planning degree in 5 years rather than the typical 6 years. 4+1 studen... More More about Accelerated 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

    Building the 21st Century Library: Stories, Spaces, Functions

    April 04, 2017

    Temple University Libraries and the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design at the Tyler School of Art present a series of prog

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    Architecture and Environmental Design Graduate Information Session

    March 30, 2017

    Please register here to attend.

    Featured Event

    Architecture and Environmental Design Career Fair

    March 21, 2017

    Architecture and Environmental Design of the Tyler School of Art at Temple University is hosting its annual Career Fair on March 21st.  T

    PHS Pop-up Garden
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    Placemaking - Revitalizing Commercial Corridors in Philadelphia, April 29

    April 29, 2016

    Join the Planning and Community Development Department at Temple University and its partners for a full day of learning and engagement on

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    Planning Alumni Forum held in Center City

    May 12, 2016

    On Apri 7th, the Temple Student Planning Organization held its second annual Planning Alumni Forum. Three MS City and Regional Planning a

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    Coming to Community Development

    April 25, 2016

    This summer, Peter Bartholomew (CDEV, 2017) will be interning at the Philadelphia Land Bank.  He started out at Temple as a music major a

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    Annual Academic Award Recipients

    April 21, 2016

    At the Annual Academic Awards ceremony on April 20, 2016 graduate and undergraduate students received recognition.  Join the faculty in c

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    Butterfly Gardens at Local Schools

    February 2, 2016

    On October 30th and November 3rd, Community Development and Community and Regional Planning students along with community connectors an

    Featured Event

    MS City and Regional Planning - Information Session

    April 13, 2016

    Register for the MS City and Regional Planning (formerly Community and Regional Planning) information session on Wednesday, April 13th at

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    A Current Look at Temple Lecture & Cocktail Reception

    May 19, 2016

    Please join faculty, friends and fellow alumni of the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design at Temple University for A Curren

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    Graduate Information Session: Planning

    February 04, 2016

    Register for the MS Community and Regional Planning information session on February 4th at Temple's Center City campus.  The graduate inf

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    Building the 21st Century Library: Co-Sponsored by the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design and Temple University Libraries

    February 10, 2016

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