Faculty & Staff

About City & Regional Planning


City & Regional Planning at Cal Poly is an integral part of the nationally recognized five department College of Architecture and Environmental Design. The program began in 1968 and has nearly 1,000 graduates (Bachelors and Masters level). The program evolved in the College where the planning laboratory (studio) has been the core of the curriculum. We are proud of the program's strengths in urban design, land use and environmental planning, and community sustainability.

Students often use the phrase "get an education, get a job, make a difference" when talking about being at Cal Poly. Students take at least one internship in a real planning public agency, private firm, or non-profit organization. This gives all students real world experience, and many times a head start on getting a job in the field after graduation. Students get to work with faculty that have an excellent balance of professional experience and academic preparation, and more importantly are exceptional instructors. Our faculty (regular and adjunct) are involved in environmental planning, urban design, plan implementation, computer mapping, planning information systems, sustainable development, low-cost housing, legal aspects of land use controls, citizen participation, and planning in developing countries.

CRP Department Mission

The City and Regional Planning Department (CRP) promotes sustainable and diverse communities within cultural and human systems. We provide an interdisciplinary professional planning education based on a learn-by-doing approach, community outreach, and applied research to help communities aspire for better, livable places. Click Here to view Department Goals. The award winning City and Regional Planning (CRP) Department is recognized locally and nationally for its educational excellence. For the past 7 years CalPoly has consistently ranked near the top of programs for planning in the country according to the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs. According to the 2015 guide, the program is the #2 small program in the country, behind New York University.

California Polytechnic State University's College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) is committed to being the premier college of the design and building industry in the United States. The five disciplines--City and Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Architectural Engineering and Construction Management--are a unique combination of environmental design fields. The organization of the CAED reflects the logical affinity among these fields. The CAED offers excellent opportunities to integrate computer technology into coursework.

About San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo is a pleasant, progressive city of about 46,000 on California's Central Coast, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The city and university share a neighborly, small-campus, small-town feeling and one of the finest natural environments anywhere. Sparkling-clear air and a climate that's temperate year-round blend with majestic peaks, quiet valleys, and the nearby ocean to create an exhilarating environment that is ideal for learning and growing.

Another key feature contributing to the city's great quality of life is the delightful downtown. The heart of downtown is Mission Plaza with its wonderful creek side setting and beautifully restored mission. This historic plaza is complemented by a bustling downtown offering great shopping, outdoor and indoor dining, night life, and its famous Thursday Night Farmers' Market. San Luis Obispo won Sunset magazines's "Best Downtown" in the West designation.

We are a friendly place and encourage you to visit with us in person. Come to the campus and see the true richness of the educational possibilities at Cal Poly and the simply wonderful natural environment of San Luis Obispo and California's Central Coast.


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