The Routledge Companion to Professional Awareness and Diversity in Planning Education engenders a discourse on how urban planning as a discipline is being made attractive to children and youth as they consider their career preferences. It also provides a discourse around the diversity challenges facing the institutions for training urban planning professionals.

This Companion is an impressive collection of initiatives, experiences, and lessons in helping children, youth, and the general public appreciate the importance of, and the diversity challenge confronting, the urban planning profession and education. It comprises empirical, experimental, and case study research on initiatives to address the professional awareness and diversity challenges in urban planning. It has uniquely assembled voices and experiences from countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Contributors are educators, practitioners, and activists of urban planning as well as policymakers in their respective countries.

This Companion is intended as a resource for urban planning schools and departments, foundations, non-profit organizations, private sector organizations, public institutions, teachers, and alumni, among others to learn and consciously drive efforts to increase planning education awareness among children, youth, and the general public.

Chapter 6 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

chapter |10 pages


The Urban Planning Profession and Diversity Challenge

section Section I|85 pages

Diversity in Planning

chapter 3|12 pages

More Than an Invitation

Setting the Rhythm of Planning Programs Through DEI Statements and Plans

chapter 4|11 pages

More Than a Job

Building Opportunities for Undergraduate Professional Development in a Minority Serving Institution

chapter 5|7 pages

Deconstructing Diversity in Urban Planning Education in Italy

Implications for the Future of a “Practical Knowledge”

chapter 6|10 pages

Diversifying Urban Planning and Architecture Programs Through International Education Experience

Lessons From Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran

chapter 7|13 pages

A Path to Racial Equity

Representation and Youth Planning Education

section Section II|112 pages

Planning Awareness Among Children and Youth

chapter 9|16 pages

Becoming Activated

Professional Awareness Through the Activate Community Empowerment Outreach Program 1

chapter 12|10 pages

Learning Environmental Planning With Geodesign

A Case Study in Cache Valley, Utah

chapter 13|9 pages

Planning With Children

Implications for the Planning Profession and Active Citizens

chapter 14|14 pages

Promoting Urban Planning Awareness for Children

An Overview of Multifaceted International Case Studies and Community Outreach Initiatives

section Section III|108 pages

Planning Education Awareness

chapter 23|17 pages

Career Choices in the Century of Urbanization

A Comparative Study of Student Enrollments in Nigerian Universities From the Urban Planning Perspective

chapter 24|10 pages

Enhancing Planning-Education Awareness in Sub-Saharan Africa

Lessons From Namibia

chapter |6 pages


A Clarion Call to Act Intentionally