City & Regional Planning and 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 Tyler School of Art and Architecture offers a BS in Community Development and MS in 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 the Tyler School of Art and Architecture.

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

  • March 09, 2020
  • 12:00pm

TYLER OPEN is a student-driven happening, with participation encouraged for all Tyler undergraduates to speak to the varied processes of ...

  • March 19, 2020
  • 11:00am

The Art+Feminisim Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is an event designed to generate coverage of gender, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. The even...

Lecture Series and Seminars


  • 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 ...

  • Vision Zero Conference PHL 2019

    The Tyler School of Art and Architecture's City & Regional Planning and Community Development programs are excited to be the local host and sponsor for the VisionZ...

  • Undergraduate
  • Accelerated BA/BS + MS Degree

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

  • Interdisciplinary Minors and Undergraduate Certificates

    The The Tyler School of Art and Architecture's Department of Architecture & Environmental Design offers a range of interdisciplinary minors and undergraduate certificates providing training in sustainable development principles and practi... More More about Interdisciplinary Minors and Undergraduate Certificates

  • Minor in City & Regional Planning

    Students in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture as well as students in other colleges and schools at Temple may choose to minor in City & Regional Planning. Through this minor, students undertake formal studies about urban planning, ... More More about Minor in City & Regional Planning

  • 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