Planning means housing choice. Planning means safe communities and a better commute. Planning means communities of lasting value.
What Is Planning?
When government officials, business leaders, and citizens come together to build communities that enrich people's lives, that's planning.
What Do Planners Do?
Planners help government officials, business leaders, and citizens create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live.
Becoming a Planner
Planning is a collaborative, dynamic field that offers the chance to really make a difference in the communities you care about.
Planning in Your Community
Find out more about how planning affects your community — and how you can get involved.
About the American Planning Association
APA is a nonprofit education and membership organization. Members include practicing planners, planning students, elected and appointed officials, planning commissioners, and interested citizens.
The American Planning Association and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic and social — to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live.
The American Planning Association and the National Building Museum established the L'Enfant Lecture on City Planning and Design to draw attention to critical issues in city and regional planning in the United States.
Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas
The Burnham Forum is a series of discussions on concepts and trends that will shape America during the next 50 years. APA's goal is to stimulate the conversations necessary to lead America's communities toward a more just and sustainable future.
The planning movement began in 1909 at the first National Conference on City Planning. Throughout 2009, APA celebrated the Centennial of the Planning Movement in America.
View of the proposed Chicago civic center plaza. Painted for the Commercial Club by Jules Guerin. © 1909 by Commerical Club of Chicago.