Urban Design and Preservation Division

As Chair of the APA Urban Design & Preservation (UDP) Division, I would like to thank you for visiting our webpage. The Division is a nationwide community of professionals dedicated to supporting educational and networking opportunities for planners, urban designers, preservationists and allied professionals. We offer great opportunities to promote these topics within the field of planning and within the APA.

Our Division members are uniquely concerned with the built environment, particularly urban design, historic preservation, and the legacy of the planning profession. I am passionate about promoting the ongoing education of planners and allied professionals in the principles of urban design and preservation. Therefore, I am excited to lead the Division while we unveil a progressive work plan that will enable members to gain access to exclusive educational opportunities and training materials.

The Division is the proud recipient of the APA Branding Excellence award (2011) and the Division Achievement Award for Education Excellence (2012) for its My One City initiative and sponsorship and distribution of the Great Streets Toolkit. Other activities the Division has recently undertaken include sponsorship of a conference session track on suburban redevelopment at the 2011 National Planning Conference in Boston, development of case study resources, completion of the Division's My Third Place writing campaign, 2011 contribution to the SRC Outstanding Planning Student Organization award, and sponsorship of two APA Planners Press publications Planning Los Angeles and the paperback of In Motion: The Experience of Travel." The Division includes a diverse leadership and volunteer team focused on education and outreach and provision of benefits to members and allied colleagues working in private practice, municipal positions, and academics.

If you find these topics of value, or if you have an interest in working with fellow urban designers and preservationists, please consider volunteering to assist with Division activities.

We invite you to join and get involved.

Rebecca Leonard, AICP

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