Department of City and
Regional Planning

A collage of images of students observing and exploring an area.

Students visit Salamanca, New York, a city within the Allegany Territory of the Seneca Nation of Indians, to collaborate with community stakeholders across cultural and design perspectives. Anson Wigner / AAP

From Local to Global

Cornell AAP's Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP) provides a dynamic, rigorous, and supportive context for addressing the most timely planning questions of our time: from social and environmental justice to equity and access to essential services and infrastructures; from climate change adaptation to land use, zoning, and sustainable transportation and housing. At CRP, the next generation of planners and urbanists hone critical disciplinary skills while broadening their knowledge with a wide selection of courses from across Cornell University, an Ivy League, New York State Land Grant institution with a global footprint.

Attracting a diverse body of students and faculty from across the U.S. and around the world, CRP is a vibrant community committed to making urban systems work. As leaders of new and innovative approaches to teaching, research, and participatory planning practices, we offer degree programs that provide opportunities to experiment with different methodologies, build skills in critical thinking and analysis, and engage communities in contexts ranging from the local to global. CRP students can opt to pursue concentrations such as designing the city; international studies in planning; economic development planning and land use and environmental planning; as well as individualized programs of study tailored to their different interests and goals.

CRP's degree programs include a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies (B.S. URS) and graduate degrees in Regional Planning, Historic Preservation Planning, and Regional Science. Joint master's degrees are offered in Landscape Architecture and Real Estate.

People working outside with shovels and dirt in a wheelbarrow.

In the Field

People working outside with shovels and dirt in a wheelbarrow.

Throughout their time at Cornell, students have abundant opportunities to work in and around local Ithaca and Upstate New York communities as well as to spend semesters at our New York City and Rome campuses. CRP students can participate in Design Connect, a student-run community design organization that responds to real-world questions while developing skills for professional practice. Students also pursue self-directed research and are assisted in summer internship placements in the U.S. and abroad. At CRP, we cultivate a culture of self-organization among students, invite engagement with department governance, and actively encourage students to pursue the many leadership opportunities available to them.

Engaged Research

Aerial view of low-income housing against a backdrop of skyscrapers

photo / Johnny Miller

The recently launched Mui Ho Center for Cities at AAP is a new hub for urban research at Cornell. CRP students can work on research projects and participate in a number of faculty-led research labs that catalyze innovation to address urgent challenges facing our cities and communities.

Aerial view of low-income housing against a backdrop of skyscrapers

photo / Johnny Miller

In the Media

Faculty Work

Student Focus

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