New Head of Department: Amir Hajrasouliha
Amir Hajrasouliha has been appointed Head of the City and Regional Planning (CRP) Department.
Amir earned his Ph.D. in Metropolitan Planning, Policy, and Design from the University of Utah, and a Master’s in Urban Design from the University of Michigan. He has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate CRP courses including urban design studios, and courses on graphic communications and GIS methods, digital and global influences, population, housing, and economic applications. Amir has been the recipient of national awards including the Perry Chapman Prize from the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP) and the winner of ULI/Hines urban design competition. His scholarship focuses on urban design, campus planning, and smart city applications including digital twins, extended reality, procedural modeling, and advanced spatial analysis of urban form. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, professional essays, and conference papers.
As Department Head, Amir will lead the department’s priorities of curriculum revision, supporting hands-on courses, labs and international programs, and providing more scholarships to support students. As part of the university's effort to transition from a quarter to semester calendar, CRP will revise its curriculum to redefine the most impactful knowledge, skills and values graduates will need to tackle pressing needs due to disruptions such as the housing crisis, climate change, social, racial, and environmental justice, technological innovations, and post-COVID recovery. CRP students will continue assisting communities by providing creative, low-cost planning services through community-based studios. CRP will also continue to engage industry, foundation, and family supporters to make sure all CRP students, regardless of their background, have the resources they need to succeed.
The college extends its deep appreciation to Michael Boswell for his leadership and for all he has contributed and accomplished as Head of the City and Regional Planning Department.
Amir will assume his new role on the first day of fall quarter.