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 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. 

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

--Tyler School of Art is nationally ranked #15 Overall by the US News and World Report!

Empowering You & Empowering Communities

We offer the following academic programs

  • Bachelors of Science in Community Development
  • Masters of Science in City and Regional Planning

Plus +1 Accelerated Masters, minors, certificates and more.

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

Lecture Series


  • Lisa Guenst (BSCRP '13) Wins Big at Be Your Own Boss Bowl

    Lisa Guenst (MS CRP '13) won the Upper Track prize yesterday at the Be Your Own Boss Bowl hosted by Temple's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute.  Lisa invented ...

  • Water Resources Association Tribute to Jeff Featherstone

    Lynn Mandarano, Associate Professor and Chair of the Planning and Community Development department, was invited to deliver a tribute to Dr. Jeffrey Featherstone at the...

  • Evan Wise (CDEV '18) Recieves $4,000 Research Grant

    Evan Wise (CDEV 18’) has been awarded a $4,000 research grant through the Diamond Research Scholars Program for the summer of 2017 to research accessibility and afford...

  • 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

    Tyler School of Art and the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design Cocktail Reception at the AIA Conference

    April 27, 2017

    Tyler School of Art and the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design invite you to join us for a cocktail reception following th

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    Architecture and Environmental Design Graduate Information Session

    April 12, 2017

    Please register here to attend.

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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: 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

    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

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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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    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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    February 2, 2016

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