Research + Engagement

City & Regional Planning chair addresses a group of planning students in a workshops

Finding a vision for the city of the future

Our School's midtown Atlanta laboratories give birth to new ideas that can change urban life. Here in Atlanta, the landscape is a testimony to Georgia Tech’s creativity and insight: The Atlanta BeltLine, Atlantic Station, and Chattahoochee Now were all first imagined in a School project, as were urban heat island mitigation in Louisville and the Shunde Green Heart district in Guandong, China. Our student projects have won four national and eleven regional awards in the past eight years. 

Over $3 million of funded research is conducted by School members each year, from a $12 million NSF project on healthy cities to a $5,000 Georgia Conservancy project on school siting. In the last five years, these projects led to eleven books and 127 journal articles. 



Faculty Research

Our School's faculty serve on sixteen editorial boards and include the past planning director of Atlanta, head of our region’s transport authority, and three past presidents of the ACSP.  



Student Research

Every graduate student completes both individual and team research. Results of their work change the face of the Atlanta region and can be found across the country and abroad.



Global Partnerships

The School of City and Regional Planning has four active partnerships abroad, conducts an annual overseas studio class, and is a U.N. Habitat Partner University. 


Research Centers and Academic Labs

The School is home to two major research centers: the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, and the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization. Our faculty also direct three Academic Labs: Planning Local Economic Development Lab, the Sino-U.S. Eco-Urban Lab, and the Urban Climate Lab. Our faculty are affiliated with 10 additional centers and labs around campus, and more than 50 planning students work with them all throughout the year.