David Sawicki, FAICP

Professor Emeritus


David Sawicki is a professor, jointly appointed to the School of City and Regional Planning and School of Public Policy. Through 2010, he was the serving as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Planning Association, the journal of record for both the movement and the profession of planning in the United States. He was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), and served on the AICP-exam writing committee.  He is a past president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, the 900-member organization of planning faculty. His specialties include methods of policy analysis and planning, demographic and economic analysis, and forecasting.

Educational Background

1970 - Ph.D. (Urban and Regional Planning), Cornell University

1965 - B.S. (Civil Engineering), Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Methods of Policy Analysis and Planning

Economic Development

Oceans Management


Sawicki spent five years giving new direction the planning profession’s flagship scholarly journal, the Journal of the American Planning Association. During that time period he suspended all personal research and publication activity. Once he retired as editor he changed his research direction and used his skill set on ocean planning and management on the coast of Massachusetts. 


Accessibility versus Scale: Examining the Tradeoffs in Grocery Stores.  With Bill Dunkley and Amy Helling. Journal of Planning Education and Research. Summer 2004. 23, 4, 387-401.

Review of “The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life,” by Richard Florida. Basic Books, New York. Winter, 2003. Volume 69, Number 1, Journal of the American Planning Association.

“Race and Residential Accessibility to Shopping and Services.” With Amy A. Helling. 2003. Volume 14, Numbers 1/2, pp. 69-102. Housing Policy Debate. Winner of the 2001 Fannie Mae Foundation Housing and Community Development *Best Paper Award at the Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.


PUBP 6606/CP 64525 | Urban Development Policy. Introduces elements of urban policy and economic development by examining them historically, nationally, and locally. Approaches to urban development and redevelopment are analyzed.