John D. Landis

Crossways Professor of City and Regional Planning; Department Chair; Urban Spatial Analytics Academic Director
City & Regional Planning


B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

He teaches courses in housing, urban economics, GIS, project development, and sustainable urban development.

Prof. Landis' research interests span a variety of urban development topics; his recent research and publications focus on growth management, infill housing, and the geography of urban employment centers.

Together with several generations of Ph.D. students, Prof. Landis developed the California Urban Futures series of urban growth models. He is currently engaged in a National Science Foundation-funded project to model, forecast, and develop alternative spatial scenarios of U.S. population and employment patterns and their impacts on travel demand, habitat loss, and water use through 2050.

Prior to arriving at Penn in 2007, Prof. Landis was on the planning faculties of the University of California, Berkeley (1987–2007), Georgia Tech (1985–1986), and the University of Rhode Island (1983–1984).

Prof. Landis serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Planning Association and Housing Policy Debate. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the American Planning Association.


Urban growth modeling and sustainability


Professor Landis teaches Introduction to Property Development, Planning by Numbers and Visualization and Modeling. He also co-teaches GIS Applications (LARP 743) with Dana Tomlin. He and Dr. Birch oversee the Doctoral Seminar. This year Professor Landis is stepping in and teaching Land Use Planning & Principles.