The American Planning Association (APA) strives to collaborate with other professional organizations that have a sustained interest in creating communities of lasting value. Joint activities have potential to make a lasting impact, and include partnerships around conferences and other educational venues; sharing of content in publications and digital media; and joint efforts at advocacy for issues in line with APA's mission and core values. The following highlights recent APA collaborations.

Call to Action for Healthy Communities

APA is one of eight design and public health organizations participating in a joint call to action to promote health through intentional community design. The call encourages the collective 450,000 member professionals to engage in greater collaboration, recognizing that the built environment — the buildings and public spaces in our communities and how we travel between them — is a key determinant of health. The call also builds upon the U.S. Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walkable Communities. Organizations joining the call include:

  • American Institute of Architects
  • American Planning Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • National Recreation and Park Association
  • U.S. Green Building Council
  • Urban Land Institute

Read more about the Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities

Learn how APA is continuing to advance the call to action, and about its Planning and Community Health Center.

Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Annual Conference

APA is a Gold sponsor of the ACSP Annual Conference, taking place November 3-5, 2016. The conference theme invites planning faculty to consider the role of urban planning programs in practice and in place. APA is hosting a roundtable gathering of planning educators and APA volunteers to explore opportunities for future service by the Association to the academic community.

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Build America Summit

APA is a participant and sponsor of the American Institute of Architect's (AIA) Build America Summit, November 29-30, 2016. The summit brings together professional organizations and other key stakeholders in a critical conversation to renew and rebuild America's social infrastructure — the public buildings and spaces that are the heart of our communities. Recommendations generated from the summit will be shared with the next Presidential administration.

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

At recent ASLA Annual Meeting APA representatives held informal meetings and participated in a moderated discussion that compared the mechanics and rules of the AICP Code of Ethics to the ethical principles guiding the work of professionals in landscape architecture, architecture and other fields. Watch this short video featuring APA Editor in Chief Meghan Stromberg and Phil Barlow, AICP, who is a member of both ASLA and APA, as they discuss the relationship between the work of planners and landscape architects.

Planning magazine's @mestromberg chats with planner and landscape architect Phil Barlow at #ASLA2016 @landarchitects

— American Planning (@APA_Planning) October 21, 2016

Transportation Planning Excellence Awards (TPEA)

The American Planning Association is a co-sponsor of the Transportation Planning Excellence Awards presented by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration. These awards are presented biennially by FHWA to recognize outstanding transportation planning practices. The "Best of the Best" award recipient is acknowledged at APA's National Planning Conference. Visit the TPEA website to learn more about categories, criteria and schedules.