The Role of the 21st Century Planner

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
CM | 1.25
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 FAICP Session: The Role of the 21st Century Planner

Planners should serve as agents of positive change.  Over the past century the profession of planning has gradually evolved from that as visionary to one saddled with functionary duties, and planners now are often perceived as technocrats.  This session will consider planning’s historic idealistic roots, the reduced current role of our professional practice, and what needs to change to become 21st Century change leaders.  A panel of four Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP) will examine the contemporary role of planners grappling with issues such as challenging politics, complicated regulations, and diverse constituents. We’ll explore issues that were never imagined when planning was in its infancy (e.g., effects of climate change, new transportation technologies, impact of social media, social equity, urban sprawl, and more) and identify ways planners can reestablish themselves as change leaders. 

This interactive session will engage participants as we examine the larger purpose of our profession and remind us of why our work is important and learn what it takes to become a 21st Century Planner.


Mitchell Silver , FAICP , Brooklyn , NY (see bio)
Norman Tyler , FAICP , , Ann Arbor , MI (see bio)
Janet Ruggiero , FAICP , DLSI , Woodland , CA (see bio)
Bruce Race , FAICP , Houston , TX (see bio)