This category includes figures involved in the theory and practice of urban and regional planning. Some are academics or writers, while others have planned or designed regions, cities, towns, neighborhoods, or individual sites.
Daniel H. Burnham (1846-1912) was a Chicago architect and planner. With partner John Wellborn Root, he designed many early American skyscrapers and became associated with the Chicago School of architecture. After Root's death, he concentrated on planning, taking responsibility for the 1893 Columbian Exposition, and creating master plans for Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Manila.
A practicing architect and planner and a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, he advocates smart growth in the form of dense, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly communities.(Books: Sustainable Communities; The Next American Metropolis; Ecology, Community, and the American Dream; The Regional City).
Founding partner of two influential architecture firms: Arquitectonica and Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company. With the latter firm, he has co-designed the new urbanist towns of Seaside and Kentlands, along with more than 140 other neighborhoods, towns, and cities. (Books: Suburban Nation).
Most famous for his book The Urban Villagers, a participant-observation study of an Italian American community in Boston's West End.
Best-selling author and the editor in charge of cultural revolution reporting at The Washington Post. (Books: Edge City, The Nine Nations of North America).
Sir Patrick Geddes (1854 - 1932) was a Scottish biologist, sociologist, educator, and is often considered a father of modern town and regional planning. He developed the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, advanced ideas for the renovation of old housing and the planning and building of new homes, and advocated using the Camera Obscura as a teaching medium.
Urban Historian and Professor of Architecture at Yale University, Hayden's work chiefly examines urban development through the lens of gender.
Ebenezer Howard (1850-1928) was an influential British town planner and founder of the Town and Country Planning Association. His 1902 work, Garden Cities of To-Morrow, offered an early model for suburban development.
Widely regarded as the Mountain West's leading contemporary thinker and writer on topics of community, regionalism and human society. (Books: Community and the Politics of Place, The Good City and the Good Life).
Krier may be best known to Americans as the architect behind the Prince of Wales's new town of Poundbury in Dorset, England, and as the intellectual godfather of the New Urbanism movement in America. (Books: Architecture: Choice of Fate).
Kevin Lynch (1918-1984) was an American urban theorist and author who studied the built structures of cities.
Ian L. McHarg's (1920-2001) career and his philosophy of designing in concert with the natural environment have influenced several generations of architects, planners, and landscape architects. He was an environmentalist before it was fashionable. (Books: Design with Nature).
Robert Moses (1888-1981) was an influential and controversial New York official responsible for ambitious New York City public works projects from the 1930s to the 1950s.
Lewis Mumford (1895-1990), an American author, critic, philosopher, and historian, garnered many honors such as the National Book Award in 1962; The Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964; a 1965 LLD from the University of Edinburgh; a doctorate of architecture from the University of Rome in 1967; and the National Medal for Literature in 1972.
A professor at the University of Pennsylvania, author of books on varied yet inherently related subjects, including building a house by hand, the design of cities, and the urge to control new technology.
Personal websites of students of urban planning and related disciplines.
William H. Whyte's (1917-1999) work with the New York City Planning Commission led him to create the Street Life Project, a pioneering study of pedestrian behavior and urban dynamics.