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. 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 the founding principal of the firm Urban Design Consultants Inc., active since 1971.

He has been awarded project 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 Stein Institute. Trancik has served on design arts selection panels for NEA and New York State Council on the Arts, American Society of Landscape Architects National Committees, and U.S. Fulbright Screening Committees. 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 taught at Harvard GSD from 1970–81, and at Cornell since 1982. He was honored with the Merrill Distinguished Teacher Award from Cornell in 1988. He earned a B.S. in landscape architecture and urban planning with honors from Michigan State University and a M.L.A. in urban design from Harvard GSD where he received the 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

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • American Society of Landscape Architects National Awards for Finding Lost Space and Layers of Rome
  • American Planning Association National Best Project Award for Hamlets of the Adirondacks
  • Cornell honors: Paramount Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching, and President's Merrill Scholars Distinguished Teaching Award
  • International honors: U.S. Senior Fulbright Scholar to Panama; Jubileum Professor of Urban Design, Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden
  • Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects

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 and Sons Inc.)
  • Hamlets of the Adirondacks I, II, and III
  • Layers of Rome, educational CD, user guide, and app
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