Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment
The Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE) is a unique alliance of four graduate-level programs with shared values based on urban sustainability and community participation and defined by the “triple bottom line” of environment, equity, and economy.
The four masters programs are:
- City and Regional Planning
- Historic Preservation
- Sustainable Environmental Systems
- Urban Placemaking and Management
All GCPE programs focus on applied research. Through studios, theses, capstones, demonstration projects, research initiatives, partnerships and public programs, students have an opportunity to make an impact. To learn more about our approach and collaborations visit the Research and Impact page.
Studio courses are carefully designed to provide students a chance to apply their developing skills in collaborative, interdisciplinary, practice through hands-on projects guided by top practitioners and scholars. Studios entail professional-level teamwork on real projects on behalf of civic and community clients from diverse neighborhoods in New York City and elsewhere, including global locations. Each studio, whether introductory, advanced, or international, produces a report on behalf the client that, in nearly every case, has immediate impact on advocacy and planning because the studio projects have taken place in the framework of a partnership with the client and are responding to real need. (GCPE welcomes interdisciplinary collaboration with community organizations, non-profits, civic-minded groups and the public sector.)
Explore our studio work on this interactive map. Zoom in for NYC locations; zoom out for international locations. Click on the points to view thumbnail descriptions; click "Download report" to be taken to another page where you can view and download full reports.
Each has its own independent degree requirements, fundamental skills, and research focus. However, GCPE students may enroll in courses from any of the four programs to explore cross-disciplinary interests. The result is that students are empowered to create an individually tailored and multifaceted degree specialization.
GCPE programs provide an excellent practice-based education for students most interested in:
- Collaborative design
- Community empowerment
- Community Health
- Environmental and social justice
- Heritage and culture
- Inclusivity and diversity
- Innovative practice
- Multidisciplinary practice
- Participatory and advocacy planning
- Public Space
Through internships, partnerships, studios, and coursework, GCPE programs give students ample opportunity to apply their skills to real-world issues. Most GCPE courses are designed to allow students time during the day for internships, fellowships, and full- and part-time jobs whenever possible. Additionally, GCPE students have access to courses in the Construction Management, Facilities Management, and Real Estate Practice programs at the Pratt Manhattan campus. City and Regional Planning students can earn a dual Master of Science / Juris Doctor from the Brooklyn Law School. GCPE students enjoy strong advisement, a linked network of peers and faculty, and small class sizes, resulting in a strong sense of community and collaboration.
GCPE students have advantages that derive from our connections to the city and the institute. The GCPE’s half-century-long partnership with the Pratt Center for Community Development means that students have access to internships and projects with community-based organizations and civic groups throughout the city. An adjunct faculty made up of leading practitioners from private practice, government, environmental justice, community organizing, community development, advocacy, research institutions, and design practice helps students develop a professional network as they complete coursework.
Pratt Institute, one of the nation’s top art and design schools in the great borough of Brooklyn, allows for a truly interdisciplinary experience within one of New York City’s most dynamic neighborhoods.