City and Regional Planning

The American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) is a consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning. Acting together, the ACSP member school faculty are able to express their shared commitments to understanding the dynamics of urban and regional development.
There are a wealth of career services opportunities and resources available to Penn Design students, including Individual Advising, Web Resources Tailored for PennDesign, Career Connection Day, Workshops and Panels, and many others.
The Cartographic Modeling Lab (CML) specializes in spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. CML supports spatial research, policy analysis, and web-based applications of value to investigators across Penn and various communities around the world.
The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) is a university-wide, interdisciplinary institute at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to urban research, education, and civic engagement.

The Student Planning Association -- SPA -- is a student-led advocacy and social group meant for students of City Planning at PennDesign. As a peer-elected organization, our main purpose is to advocate on the behalf of CPLN students, both within the department and the School of Design. We are also responsible for department-wide, student lead social events and other student-oriented activities.