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2014 Dale Prize Winners Selected

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning is pleased to announce the 2014 Dale Prize winners: Ms. Heather Wooten of ChangeLab Solutions, Oakland, CA and Dr. Samina Raja of the University at Buffalo. Please join us for the Dale Prize events on February 5 and 6, 2014.

Welcome to the 2013/14 Academic Year!

We are looking forward to an exciting year of innovative teaching, research, and community outreach.  The Department is conducting a search for a tenure track faculty member in community development.  We are planning a variety of exciting community engagement projects, including project for the Chino Airport and the Boyle Heights community of Los Angeles.  Finally, planning is in the works for our 2014 Dale Prize event February 4-6, 2014.  Our theme is “We Are What We Eat: Food Systems and the Healthy City.”

Faculty Position Announcement

Nomination Procedures for Dale Prize

New Book from URP Faculty Member

Rick Willson’s new book, Parking Reform Made Easy, was published by Island Press in June 2013.  Mitchell Sliver, President of the American Planning Association and Chief Planning and Development Officer in Raleigh North Carolina, said the following in a review… “Finally, a comprehensive book has been written that not only helps you understand the purpose of parking requirements, but offers a menu of practice options for land management reform,  Parking Reform Made Easy will help you rethink parkingstandards, eliminate the tendency to over park your community, and help you reclaim land for economic and tax-producing value.  Simply put, this book will make you smarter.”

2012-2013 Status Report

The Department is pleased to report progress during the 2012-2013 academic year.. Click here for more information.

APA Award Received

Congratulations to the Fall/Winter undergraduate Capstone Studio class for their project, South Parking - Los Angeles: Reimagining the Future.  This work is supporting the City of Los Angeles' code revision effort.  The project won the Academic Award, 2013, from the Inland Section of the American Planning Association.  The class was taught by Dr. Ramzi Farhat.

Dale Prize Invitation

The Dale Prize recognizes planning excellence, creates dialogue between scholars and practitioners, and enriches the education of planning students. Scholar and practitioner awardees demonstrate excellence in a common topic that is selected each year. Awardees spend two days on the campus, meeting with students and participating in a colloquium. The Dale Prize is made possible by an endowment provided by June Dale, wife of the late William R. Dale (Bill Dale).


The 2013 Dale Prize theme is Restoring Main Street: Linking Historic Preservation and Economic Development. Nominations are now open. The Dale Prize Colloquium will be held February 6, 2013.


Click here for the 2013 Dale Prize Invitation

California Transportation Foundation Winner

Undergraduates Tom Vo and Arianna Allahyar represented URP at the California Transportation Foundation symposium. The symposioum includes a charrette-style project competition. Congrats to Tom's team for winning first place!

URP Presents Five Papers at ACSP

Cal Poly Pomona URP faculty presented five papers at the 2012 Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference in Cincinnati Ohio, including

  • Ramzi Farhat - Planning, Multiculturalism, and the Politics of Recognition
  • Do Kim, with Jiyoung Park and Esok Hong - The Role of Destination on Active Travel in Long Beach, California: A Nested Logit Model Approach
  • Do Kim - A Spatial Analysis of Bicycle Facilities in Los Angeles County - Do Bicycle Facilities Support Utilitarian Trips?
  • Jerry Mitchell - Planning for Happiness
  • (Dr. Mitchell also participated in a roundtable on A New Century of Undergraduate Education)
  • Richard Willson - Precisely Wrong and Policy Blind: The Case of Multifamily Housing Parking Requirements

Community Service Learning

Ramzi Farhat’s undergraduate capstone studio class is assisting the City of Los Angeles in its ambitious zoning code rewrite effort.  The Fall 2012 URP 431 class will work with the Los Angeles Department of Planning on land use and design guidelines for South Park area of downtown as input to code reform effort, working with URP alumni Erick Lopez (BURP 2002) and David Olivo (MURP 1994).

Mitchell and Willson Switch Places

After four years of service as department chair, Jerry Mitchell returned to full-time teaching in environmental planning, policy, and law as of Fall quarter 2012.  Rick Willson began his third term as chair, with Hersh Farberow continuing as Graduate Coordinator.  Perhaps reflecting his feelings about moving back to full-time teaching, Dr. Mitchell is presenting a paper entitled “Planning for Happiness” at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference in Cincinnati Ohio, November 2012.

Books Completed and Forthcoming

Julianna Delgado co-authored Pasadena’s Bungalow Heaven with John Ripley (2012).  The book shares the history of Pasadena’s first historical district through images and commentary.  It is available from Arcadia Publishers through bookstores and on-line retailers. 

Rick Willson wrote Parking Reform Made Easy, a guide and methodology for reforming local parking requirements.  It is forthcoming from Island Press in Spring 2013.

International Experiences

Gwen Urey’s work in leading URP’s participation in the College of Environmental Design Interdisciplinary China Program was recognized when the program received the 2011 Academic Award (Applied Projects category) from the American Institute of Certified Planners.  The award was presented at the 2012 American Planning Association national conference in Los Angeles.  The program teams planners with architecture and landscape architecture students in a studio program with students at the North China Institute of Technology.

Recognition of Student Work

Rick Zimmer’s 2011/2012 undergraduate capstone studio won the Inland Empire APA Award for Academic Achievement for the Historic Ontario Vision.  Julianna Delgado’s 2011/12 undergraduate capstone class presented a scheme to develop and enliven Central Avenue in South Los Angeles in the Mayor’s chambers at Los Angeles City Hall.  The plan was prepared in cooperation with Michael Dieden of Creative Housing Associates.

URP Faculty Professional Service

Julianna Delgado serves as the President of the Southern California Planning Congress and Founder and Co-Director of the California Center for Land and Water Stewardship.  She also served as a juror for the California Chapter of the American Planning Association awards.  Rick Zimmer was appointed Member of the Board of Directors of the Southern California Planning Congress and the Association of California Cities -- Orange County.

URP Graduate Student Pursues Doctoral Studies

Serineh Baboomian (MURP 2012) began doctoral studies in Fall 2012 at Cleveland State University.  Her focus of study is economic development and climate change.  Jesus Barajas (MURP 2011) continues his doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Cal Poly Pomona B ecomes Affiliate of the University of California Transportation Center

Rick Willson worked with Xudong Jia (Civil Engineering) to include Cal Poly Pomona in the University of California Transportation Center’s funding proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation (2012).  The proposal was successful and Cal Poly Pomona is now one of four CSU institutions affiliated with the center, which provides funding opportunities for basic and applied research and new opportunities to engage underrepresented students in transportation planning and engineering. 

URP Research Activity

Ramzi Farhat published “Beyond regulation: special improvement districts, design review, and
place-making in New Jersey.” in the 2012 Journal of Urban Design. 16 (3).  The article examines the involvement of Business Improvement Districts in design review, raising questions about the capture of the legislative process, bias and conflicts of interest.

Do Kim participated in a research team working on a Lincoln Institute of Land Policy report, Travel Behavior and Built Environment: Exploring the Importance of Urban Design at the Non-Residential End of the Trip (with Kuzmyak, Richard, Walters, Jerry, Hu, Hsi-hwa, Espie, Jason, 2012). Working Paper WP12RK1, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.