Urban planning has often been complicit in anti-Blackness and racism, so the UCLA Department of Urban Planning is undertaking some long-overdue reforms and initiatives to address these grave assaults on equity, inclusion, and human dignity.  Please click here to see our action plan, based on proposals from the student-faculty Ad Hoc Racial Justice Working Group, as developed through discussion with faculty and staff.  Our plan focuses on:

  1. Increase department accountability to racial justice goals
  2. Review Urban Planning curriculum and strengthen racial justice content
  3. Improve departmental and classroom climate for racial justice
  4. Bolster admissions and improve funding for students who are Black, Indigenous or people of color

The Urban Planning Racial Justice Fund was established to support student fellowships and assistantships for Master of Urban and Regional Planning and Ph.D. students, supporting students who are pursuing racial justice, and helping to diversify the student body and the field of planning. Please consider making a donation to the fund.

If you prefer to send your donation by mail or make your donation via phone, please contact Laura Scarano at lscarano@luskin.ucla.edu or (908) 642-4104.

The UCLA Department of Urban Planning is at the intersection of unique academic, regional, geographic and professional resources that create a learning environment unlike any other. Los Angeles, one of the most culturally diverse and exciting urban settings in the world, serves as a unique laboratory for faculty and students to study and solve urban issues and problems. The world-class faculty in the department — nationally and internationally recognized scholars and leaders in community development, environmental planning, housing, land development, regional and international development, transportation, and urban design — prepare master’s and doctoral degree students to address the social, economic and spatial relationships that shape society.

For 50 years, UCLA’s Department of Urban Planning has been a leading center of innovation and action. We are consistently ranked among the nation’s top planning programs.  We study urgent and topical issues at multiple scales and using interdisciplinary approaches — from local community development in Southern California to global environmental degradation.

Who We Are

Nicole Lambrou


Click on the photo to learn more about all of our doctoral students.

Cynthia Guzman


Appointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board

Brian Taylor


Named one of the Top 10
Transportation Thought Leaders in Academia 2016

Academic Programs

A two-year professional-degree program focused on the role of cities and urban space located in one of the world’s truly global cities — Los Angeles.

Dual-degree programs with the following other graduate programs on the UCLA campus:  architecture, business, Latin American Studies, law and public health.

A four-year academic program in which students develop the research skills and experience to produce influential scholarship and secure jobs at leading research institutions.

The UCLA Luskin Undergraduate Program offers a Bachelors of Arts in Public Affairs and minor programs in Public Affairs, Gerontology, and Urban and Regional Studies.

Specializations that provide graduate students with additional expertise in the following areas:  Design and Development, Food Studies, Global Public Affairs, Sustainability, Urban Humanities and Writing.

Programs for visitors to the Department of Urban Planning including graduate student researchers, international professionals, non-degree-objective students and post-doctoral scholars.


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Department of Urban Planning
Luskin School of Public Affairs
University of California Los Angeles
3250 Public Affairs Building
Box 951666
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656
phone: (310) 825-4025
fax: (310) 206-5566

Chris Tilly
Department Chair
(310) 206-7150

Sean Campbell
Assoc Dir, Admissions and Recruitment
(310) 825-8957

Melody Wang
Administrative Specialist
(310) 825-2892

Robin McCallum
(310) 206-7150

Danielle Maris Lacob
Graduate Advisor
(310) 825-7331

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