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 more than 40 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.

A minor in Urban and Regional Studies that offers undergraduates a means of understanding and addressing urban and regional issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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.


Transportation and Isolation: Serious Challenges for Diverse, Older Angelenos Research conducted by UCLA Luskin and USC Leonard Davis — and supported by AARP — examines travel, technology and mobility issues

Research conducted by UCLA Luskin and USC Leonard Davis — and supported by AARP — examines travel, technology and mobility issues

The 2018 UCLA Luskin Diversity Fair drew more than 100 prospective students. Photo by Mary Braswell

A Schoolwide Investment in Students of Color UCLA Luskin showcases its strengths at 2018 Diversity Fair

2018 Diversity Fair showcases the strengths of UCLA Luskin for prospective students

Marcus Anthony Hunter

A New Vision of Black America Launches Transdisciplinary Venture In first event of Schoolwide seminar series, 'Chocolate Cities' author calls for a fresh lens on culture and history

In first event of Schoolwide seminar series, ‘Chocolate Cities’ author calls for a fresh lens on culture and history

Also at Luskin



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

Vinit Mukhija
Department Chair
(310) 794-4478

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

Steven King
Administrative Specialist
(310) 825-2892

Robin McCallum
(310) 206-7150

Danielle Maris Lacob
Graduate Advisor
(310) 825-7331

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