City & Regional Planning and Community Development

The City & Regional Planning and Community Development programs at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University educate students to become leaders who collaborate with diverse communities to establish lasting improvements for residents.

Students both engage the challenges and leverage the opportunities of cities in their coursework, taking advantage of the deep resources of Temple—a leading public research university—to perform their own hands-on research and service learning across Philadelphia. Tyler’s faculty of forward-thinking practitioners are dedicated to personal mentorship that includes access to their networks of professionals, organizations and agencies.

By integrating theory, interdisciplinary practice and experiential learning, Tyler’s City & Regional Planning and Community Development programs prepare students for a range of careers in government, nonprofits and the private sector. 

Resources

  • Philadelphia and its surrounding neighborhoods serve as a living lab for coursework as well as hands-on learning and service.

  • More than 300,000 square feet of state-of-the-art thinker and maker spaces in Tyler’s joint Architecture and Art buildings, ripe for interdisciplinary collaboration, experimentation, innovation and exchanges of ideas.


Community events and partnerships
Connections with the American Planning Association as well as government, non-profit and community organizations offer students opportunities for engagement that align with Tyler’s curriculum. The region’s robust alumni network also provides access to a range of internships.

Student communities
The Temple Student Planning Organization, Temple Community Development Club and other related student organizations engage in professionally-focused extracurricular and service activities.

The Philadelphia Architecture and Design College Fair
The Philadelphia Architecture and Design College Fair is a great opportunity for high school and college students, parents, teachers and counselors to learn about programs in architecture and the environmental design disciplines. Details about this year’s event can be found here.

 

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Upcoming Events

Lecture Series and Seminars

News

  • Tyler News Round Up September/October 2020

    Stay up to date on all that is happening with faculty, students and alumni of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture: Trenton Doyle Hancock (MFA '00) gives the orig...

  • William J. Cohen's new book, "Ecohumanism and the Ecological Culture," now available

    William J. Cohen, PhD, FAICP and associate professor of practice in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture's City & Regional Planning Program released his latest...

  • Tyler alumnus creates mural with Philadelphia high school students to enhance community

    In spring 2019, Tyler School of Art and Architecture Community Development alumnus Jon Fiamoncini (BSCD ‘19) helped create a mural and garden at Philadelphia’s George ...

  • Undergraduate
  • City & Regional Planning Accelerated Program Option: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science + Master of Science (BA/BS+MS)

    The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science + Master of Science (BA/BS+MS) in City & Regional Planning program at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture enables eligible undergraduate students to earn a BA or BS from any major at Temple al... More More about City & Regional Planning Accelerated Program Option: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science + Master of Science (BA/BS+MS)

  • Graduate
    Alumni Spotlight

    Melissa Kim (MS '10)

    Melissa Kim (MS '10) is the deputy director of the Philadelphia field office of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)—a community development financial institution and community development intermediary—where she oversees the design and implementation of programs that bolster community-based organizations, and foster cross-sector collaborations and creative placemaking initiatives. She believes that solutions to complex urban challenges are most effective when they are anti-disciplinary, imaginative, pragmatic, reflective and co-created with communities.  “For me, a community developer, I am particularly interested in socially-engaged art’s capacity to lift up voices and visions of individuals and communities, shift perceptions and perspectives, build social connections, provide skills and pathways to jobs, transform neglected spaces and generally bring creative approaches to addressing persistent social challenges.” – Melissa Kim (for Mural Arts) More