TEACHING PARTICIPATORY PRACTICE AS THE BEST WAY TO ADVOCATE FOR JUST, EQUITABLE COMMUNITIES
Since its inception over 50 years ago, the City and Regional Planning Program (CRP) has remained dedicated to an education that emphasizes participatory planning over top-down policy making, and advocacy over technocracy.
The 60-credit, Planning Accreditation Board-certified MSCRP is one of four programs within the multidisciplinary Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE). MSCRP students are trained to enter the profession as skillful practitioners and advocates of equity, sustainable development, and social change at the community, city, and regional scale.
The mission of the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment is to provide a professionally- oriented education to a student body with diverse cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds. Using a multidisciplinary approach, GCPE teaches participatory practice as the best way to support and advocate for just, equitable communities. Students graduate equipped with the knowledge of theory, technical capacity, collaborative skills, and radical critical thinking abilities necessary to plan for ethical, healthy, resilient and inclusive communities.
Reqt for MS in City and Regional Planning
MSCRP students take 40 credits of required coursework in foundational skills, economics, law, history and theory, research and methods, studio, and thesis. Students may choose 20 credits of elective courses from the broad range of those available in the MSCRP program, or from any of the other three programs within GCPE: Historic Preservation; Sustainable Environmental Systems; and Urban Placemaking and Management. Students may also choose elective courses from GCPE sister programs: Construction Management; Facilities Management; and Real Estate Practice.
Through electives, theses, and studio work, students have the option to specialize in one of six areas of focus:
Community Development and Policy
Placemaking and Transportation
Sustainability and Resilience
Progressive Real Estate Practice
Collaborative studio courses are a cornerstone of the MSCRP program. Often in support of the ongoing work of the Pratt Center for Community Development, one of the nation’s first and foremost university-based research and technical assistance organizations in the service of low- and moderate-income communities, studios involve real clients facing significant planning challenges. Past studios have created master plans for historic downtown Havana, Cuba; proposed an equity-building, integrated flood protection system in Red Hook, Brooklyn; and recommended policies to transform below-ground residential floor area into safe and affordable housing in Jackson Heights, Queens. Studio courses offer the opportunity for students to have an immediate impact on policy and decision-making as they complete a first-rate education.
Program LEARNING OBJECTIVES
A. Students shall demonstrate both professional competency in the planning field and the ability to independently pursue original thinking and research.
B. Students shall demonstrate a foundational understanding of planning theory and values, especially participatory planning, urban conditions and trends, especially in the community planning context; equity and sustainability at multiple scales; and a balance of theory and practice, especially with regard to the use of ideas and information.
C. Students shall demonstrate technical proficiency consistent with the highest standards of the profession, including quantitative methods, qualitative methods, and written, oral and graphic communication skills.
D. Students shall demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in planning practice, potentially with a concentration in community development, physical planning, urban sustainability, and historic preservation.
E. Students shall demonstrate collaborative skills, critical thinking, and an ability to lead in an interdisciplinary environment enabled through service learning opportunities.
F. Students shall exit Pratt as engaged professionals on the path to participate meaningfully in the field; help preserve the environment for generations to come; and foster inclusive planning and just cities.
G. Students, full-time and part-time faculty are connected, enriched, and advanced in their professions through formal collaboration on service-oriented projects, research and publication.
APPLYING TO CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING MS PROGRAM
Visit the department at one of our upcoming Open Houses:
Tuesday, September 24, 5-6 PM, tour and discussion with current students, followed by meeting with program administrators from 6-7 PM
Tuesday, October 22, 5-6 PM, tour and discussion with current students, followed by meeting with program administrators from 6-7 PM
Meet in Higgins Hall North, Room 206, 61 St. James Place at the corner of Lafayette Avenue. RSVP with Sandra Hetzel, Assistant to the Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org.