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 logoAPA 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.

L'Enfant Lecture

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.