News & Events

Learn about the work done by faculty and students in the School of City and Regional Planning. Take a look at the recent happenings and consider joining us for the forthcoming events!

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Gulsah Akar Appointed City and Regional Planning Chair

The College of Design is proud to announce Gulsah Akar’s appointment as chair of the School of City and Regional Planning, effective July 1, 2021.

“Dr. Akar has established herself as a thought leader in urban transportation planning,” said Steven P. French, the dean and John Portman Chair of the College of Design. “She is the editor of the Journal of Planning Literature, one of the top three urban planning journals in the United States. She serves on two Transportation Research Board committees and is a manuscript reviewer for all the major transportation journals.”

Michelle Rinehart sits on the wooden 'Rapunzel Bench'.

Michelle Rinehart Appointed Interim Dean

Michelle Rinehart, associate dean for Academic Affairs and Outreach in Georgia Tech’s College of Design, has been appointed interim dean of the College, effective August 1, 2021. Dean Steve French, who has served since 2013, will return to the faculty in the School of City and Regional Planning.

“Michelle is a skilled administrator and leader who invests incredible energy in her colleagues, students, and the Institute overall. We are grateful for her leadership through this transition,” said Steven W. McLaughlin, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs.

New Master of Science in Urban Analytics Launches Fall 2021

The Georgia Tech College of Design is proud to announce its newest interdisciplinary degree, the Master of Science in Urban Analytics (MSUA). The School of City and Regional Planning will administer the degree in partnership with the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), School of Computational Science and Engineering (CSE), and School of Interactive Computing (IC).

An illustration of a futuristic people mover overlaid on a photo of a house in a neighborhood in East Atlanta.

Linking Transportation, Housing, & Health in Infrastructure

Catherine Ross Tells U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee How to Redesign

Ross discussed central issues about transportation and equity in an engaging conversation with members of the House Committee on Appropriations Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee.

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Brian Stone Publishes New Research on Electric Grid Failure

The New York Times covered new research from Brian Stone on combined heat waves and power outages. Stone's research was published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology and is the result of a five year study of heat risk during critical infrastructure failures.

The study finds that millions of residents across large U.S. cities are at risk of heat illness or death from a concurrent heat wave and blackout event. It also finds that major blackouts have increased by more than 60% over the last five years in the U.S.

Students on the 2020-2021 SPA Board standing socially distanced outside for their group photo.

Student Planning Association Wins Top Award

Georgia Tech’s Student Planning Association (SPA) won the American Planning Association’s (APA) 2021 Outstanding Planning Student Organization (PSO) Award. The Outstanding PSO Award recognizes one PSO each year for its extraordinary efforts.

More News

A rough sketch of Northside Drive that shows density built close to MARTA buses and a major travel corridor, as envisioned in ‘Atlanta City Design.’

Mike Dobbins Speaks Out in Saporta Report

Dobbins discussed the Comprehensive Development Plan and its implications for housing affordability.
The city of Atlanta lit up at night.

Urban Analytics Degree Featured on GPB Radio

Guhathakurta spoke about the program and its goal of training cities' future problem solvers.
Catherine Ross

Ross Reappointed Regents Professor

The Board of Regents (BOR) appointed 12 Georgia Tech faculty members to Regents Professors.
Perry Yang

Perry Yang Delivers Keynote Address

Yang delivered the keynote address at the CUE2021 Applied Energy Symposium.
Catherine Ross and Baabak Ashuri

Our Experts: Bipartisan Infrastructure Agreement

Catherine Ross and Baabak Ashuri weigh in on the bill going before Congress.
Clio Andris

Clio Andris Selected for NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Clio Andris was chosen to receive the NSF CAREER Award.
Nisha Botchwey

Nisha Botchwey Wins 2021 Dale Prize

This year’s award theme is, “Planning in the Pandemic: Public Health and Social Justice.”
An eviction map visualization.

Partnership Launches Atlanta Eviction Tracker

Several partnering organizations in Atlanta came together to create a database of eviction filings.
Illustration of Covid-19 spreading across the country like a weather map.

Home for the Holidays

There’s a tool that can help estimate the potential risk of exposure involved with a trip home for a turkey dinner.

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