The Urban Design and Preservation Division introduced its webinar program in 2013 in response to its 2012 member survey wherein members opined that the Division should provide additional professional and educational opportunities, including AICP CM opportunities at low or no cost for Division members.

Please contact the division with a webinar topic or presentation proposal.

Following is the Urban Design and Preservation Division's confirmed Webinar schedule. Check back for regular updates and the inclusion of new webinar dates.


Best Practices for Production of Guidelines and Plans

November 18, 2015
Noon-1:30 p.m. CST

Planners and designers are often called upon to translate complex concepts into concise, accessible guidelines and planning documents. Organizing a clear, strategic process directly impacts a team's ability to effectively communicate analysis, process and design recommendations. This session discusses how planners should capture comprehensive project analysis and metrics research and integrate it into written project documentation to narrate a compelling document. A seasoned professional with experience in research, writing, and editing will present their firm's best practices for moving from project start up through project completion to improve a planner's ability to convey process and solutions in a compelling manner.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify how to establish project expectations for analysis and documentation and how to most appropriately scope a project that requires project documentation.
  2. Learn how planners and designers can use standards and best practices for documenting research, analysis and design solutions in guidelines and plans in order to reduce scheduling and budget delays.
  3. Learn how planners and designers can improve their ability to capture analysis, process, and design in the written form.
  4. Learn how to navigate the review and editing process.


EcoDistricts — Performance Based Urban Design

July 10, 2015
12 noon–1:30 p.m. CT

An ecodistrict strategy is an emerging planning process that incorporates environmental performance metrics to guide neighborhood growth with a social, environmental and economic priority.

This panel session will present, in detail, two ecodistrict efforts: the Brewery Blocks in Portland, Oregon — a private sector driven redevelopment of a historic brewery district — and the SW Ecodistrict in Washington, D.C. — a federal agency driven redevelopment of a single use office district into a sustainable, mixed-use neighborhood.

Communicating Design and Aesthetics in the Planning Process

March 2015

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Creatively Transforming Streets for People in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Santa Monica

November 14, 2014

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Defensible Historic Preservation Regulations (& Related Regulations of Urban Design)

September 12, 2014

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Making Downtowns More Walkable

November 8, 2013
Jeff Speck

Designing Suburban Futures

November 1, 2013
June Williamson

Calculating Developer Contributions

October 4, 2013
Sara Moritz and Karl Moritz

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Where the Boom Babies Grew Up

September 20, 2013
Richard Longstreth

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