Roger Trancik

Roger Trancik, FASLA, is an educator and practitioner of urban design. He has written three national award-winning books and has authored 45 professional urban design and planning studies, journal articles, and scholarly papers. He has also lectured extensively at universities and international conferences, and he has shown his work in gallery exhibitions. His areas of specialization are urban spatial design production, theory, and aesthetics, and international practice in the U.S., Scandinavia, Italy, Panama, and China. Trancik is the founding principal of the firm Urban Design Consultants Inc., which has been active since 1971.

Trancik taught at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 1970–81, where he held professorships in urban design and landscape architecture, and at Cornell University since 1982, where he is currently professor emeritus. He was honored with the President's Merrill Distinguished Teaching Award from Cornell in 1988. He has been a visiting professor at Chalmers University of Technology's Department of Architecture in Göteborg, Sweden, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Wuhan University School of Urban Design in China, and the University of Colorado in Rome. He has also taught several semesters in Cornell's Rome Program and directed the international studies program for Cornell at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark from 1983–2000.

Professor Trancik was awarded numerous research and publishing grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Cornell Institute for European Studies, and the Clarence S. Stein Institute for Urban and Landscape Studies. He served on design arts selection panels for NEA and the New York State Council on the Arts, American Society of Landscape Architects National Committees, and U.S. Fulbright Screening Committees. Professor Trancik was the recipient of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Panama in 2003–2005. He was also an urban designer in the offices of Ralph Erskine Architects in Stockholm, Sweden, CBT Architects of Boston, and Sasaki Associates. He earned a B.S. with honors in landscape architecture and urban planning from Michigan State University, and a Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he received the Harvard GSD's Jacob Weidenmann Prize for distinction in design.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Urban design
  • Landscape architecture
  • Urban form/space analysis
  • Land use and environmental planning
  • Community-based planning
  • Drawing and visual representation
  • International urbanism

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Classes (Selected)

  • Principles of spatial design and aesthetics
  • Urban design studios/lectures
  • Case studies in urban design
  • Seminars on modeling urban form

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • American Society of Landscape Architects National Awards for Finding Lost Space (1986) and Layers of Rome (2001)
  • American Planning Association National Best Project Award for Hamlets of the Adirondacks (1987)
  • Cornell honors: Paramount Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching (1993), and President's Merrill Scholars Distinguished Teaching Award (1988)
  • International honors: Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Panama (2003–05); the prestigious Jubileum Professor of Urban Design, Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden (1995)
  • Publishing Grants: National Endowment for the Arts, Layers of Rome (1995); Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Layers of Rome (1995, 1997), Finding Lost Space: Theories of Urban Design (1982)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award for Significant and Inspirational Contributions to Urban Design Theory and Practice, Michigan State University (2016)
  • Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects (1990)
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Design honors: Jacob Weidenmann Prize for Most Distinguished Design Achievement (1968)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Roman Views: On Drawing the City, John Hartell Gallery, Cornell AAP; and Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Copenhagen, 1992-93
  • Garden Cities of the Panama Canal, John Hartell Gallery, Cornell AAP; University of Panama Architecture Gallery, 2007-08
  • China-Europe Forum: Finding Lost Space in China, Keynote Speaker, Tongji University in Shanghai, 2012
  • 25 Years of Finding Lost Space, The McKeown Memorial Lecture, University of Oregon, 2012
  • Territories of Urbanism: Urban Design at 50, Symposium Speaker, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 2010
  • Conference on The Future Metropolitan Landscape, Keynote Speaker, University of California, Berkeley, 2005
  • Z Files: 3D Technology and the Urban Design of Rome, The Myer R. Wolfe Lecture, University of Washington, 2001
  • International Symposium on The Age of the City, Keynote Speaker, International House, Osaka Japan, 1992

Publications (Selected)

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