Roger Trancik

Roger Trancik, FASLA, an educator and practitioner of urban design, has written three national award-winning books; authored 45 professional planning studies, journal articles, and scholarly papers; produced gallery exhibitions; and lectured at universities and international conferences. He has served on NEA and NYSCA Design Arts panels, City of Cambridge Zoning Board, American Society of Landscape Architects National Committees, and U.S. Fulbright Screening Committees. His areas of specialization are spatial design production, theory and aesthetics, and international practice in the U.S., Scandinavia, Italy, Panama, and China. Trancik is founding principal of the firm Urban Design Consultants, active since 1971. Trancik has also worked as an urban designer in the offices of Sasaki Associates of Watertown, Massachusetts; CBT Architects, Boston; and Ralph Erskine Architects, Stockholm Sweden.

Trancik has taught at Cornell since 1982 and at Harvard from 1970–82. He earned a B.S. in landscape architecture and urban planning with honors from Michigan State and a M.L.A. in urban design from Harvard GSD where he received the Jacob Weidenmann Prize for distinction in design. He was honored with the Merrill Distinguished Teacher Award from Cornell University in 1988.

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

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • American Planning Association National Best Planning Project Award
  • American Society of Landscape Architects National Communication Awards
  • Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Paramount Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching, Cornell
  • International Honors: U.S. Senior Fulbright Scholar to Panama, Jubileum Professor of Urban Design, Chalmers University in Sweden

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Roman Views: On Drawing the City, John Hartell Gallery, Cornell; and Danish Royal Academy Gallery
  • Garden Cities of the Panama Canal, John Hartell Gallery, Cornell; University of Panama Architecture Gallery
  • Waterfront design exhibitions, studios in New York City and Göteborg, Sweden

Publications (Selected)

  • Finding Lost Space: Theories of Urban Design (John Wiley & Sons Inc.)
  • Hamlets of the Adirondacks I, II, and III
  • Layers of Rome: Educational CD, User Guide, and App