City and Regional Planning

John D. Landis

Crossways Professor of City & Regional Planning

Courses Taught
Professor Landis teaches Planning Theory, Introduction to Property Development, Progressive Development, and Urban Development & Infrastructure Finance.

Research Interests
Professor Landis' research interests span a variety of urban development topics.  His current and recent research focuses on gentrification and neighborhood change, affordable housing, sprawl and growth management, metropolitan economic resilience, and smart cities technologies.

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

Professor Landis is the Faculty Advisor for the MUSA program, as well as the Supervisor for both the Real Estate Design & Development Certificate and the GIS Certificate.  Professor Landis was the Department Chair at PennPlanning from 2009 to 2017.  Prior to arriving at Penn in 2007, Professor 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.

Recent Publications
The end of sprawl?  Not so fast.  Housing Policy Debate (2017)

Tracking and Explaining Neighborhood Socioeconomic Change in U.S. Metropolitan Areas Between 1990 and 2010. Housing Policy Debate (2016)

Work and Research

Source: Regional Plan Association

Alexandra San Roman, Claudia Elzey, Eric Vincent Riley, Gabriella Nelson, Michael Schaier, Sean Scott; proposed intervention in Bergen Square

Photo George Miquilena