Course Schedule for Spring 2017



Economics for Planners

This course applies economic analysis to the study of urban real estate markets. The goal of the course is for students to understand and apply economic principles to the analysis of real estate. The course provides an overview of real estate in the U.S. relative to other asset categories, and examines unique aspects of both residential and nonresidential property in urban markets. Among topics covered include growth of the urban core, determination of rent and vacancy, loan-product choice, property price indexes, and economics of the real estate cycle. The core course introduces concepts and techniques of economics that pertain to urban planners. The government’s role in the economics of cities and in development, national welfare and housing policies, public and private finance, and the cost-benefits associated with development are addressed. The course addresses state and regional economic policies that affect cities and regional economies, as well as finance, investment, fiscal resources and redevelopment initiatives. Real estate development case studies from a variety of innovative local projects in the Washington region are included in the course content. Previous coursework in economics is expected, preferably through intermediate economics, and familiarity with basic terms and concepts in economics. Calculus is not required, but a good understanding of algebra and comfort in interpreting graphs is important. Format is lecture with occasional guest speaker. Problem sets, case studies, tests, and class participation are included in grading.

Note: Required course for URP students.

  • Course #: MPUP-530-01
  • CRN: 32641
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Schuetz, J.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPUP-602-01   Canceled

Green Building Development

In today’s real estate environment owners, tenants, and jurisdictions are all asking how sustainability can be incorporated into new and existing buildings. Sustainable Development and Construction is a graduate level course which builds on the foundation of the Green Building and Construction Management courses, and allows students to understand the link between design, construction and ultimately building operations. The course will present how the design impacts the construction and operation of the building as they relate to sustainable practices. The course will cover, the impact of design decisions upon construction and operations, including cost benefit analysis of design decisions. We will examine sustainable construction practice and how it impacts on owners and tenants and leases. What state and local legislation is driving sustainable building construction and operations. Ethical considerations of sustainability practice in construction and operations.

Note: Also listed as MPRE 752.

  • Course #: MPUP-602-01
  • CRN: 27230
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings:


Independent Study: Urban Planning

Independent study in Urban and Regional Planning is an opportunity for students to engage in targeted research and learning in either an academic or professional context. Students must apply to take this course in the previous semester using the special application form. Once approved, students will be assigned an academic advisor to conduct their research project. All students are required to make an oral presentation at the conclusion of their research.

  • Course #: MPUP-901-01
  • CRN: 28279
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Zimbabwe, J.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings:


Participatory Planning

This seminar will explore the evolution of participatory urban planning and the contemporary tools which constitute the best practices of community engagement. International in its scope, students in the course will gain both practical skills in engaging project stakeholders as well as the theories of public communication that they are based on. The course will include both skills-training, case study readings and the observation and critique of contemporary engagement programs. Topics will include: public speaking, media training, community charrettes, web-based engagement strategies and exploration of crowd sourcing and other decentralized engagement strategies.

Note: Additional 150 minute distance learning requirement.

  • Course #: MPUP-601-01
  • CRN: 28255
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Gardner, G.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings:


Planning a Sustainable Future

As population increases and natural resources become scarcer, the principles of sustainable communities have become integral to shaping livable urban environments. The course examines the facets of sustainability that affect the health and future of the 21st century city, including transportation, natural resource preservation, green infrastructure and building, and smart growth policies adapted to minimize resource depletion. Theories of sustainability, sustainability policy, as well as obstacles to sustainable development are reviewed and case studies of sustainable communities are studied. This is a required core course for the program.

  • Course #: MPUP-540-01
  • CRN: 30398
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructors: Flank, S. , Shane, E.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings:


Planning Capstone

The Capstone course represents the culminating research necessary to be awarded the masters degree. Students will conduct primary research and present their academic findings in both oral and written form. Students must prepare a special application to be accepted in this course which outlines the topic and methodology of their research. Upon approval, students will work with a Capstone Advisor throughout the semester in order to complete their thesis. The student will defend their findings before a body of external professionals and academics at the end of the semester. See Student Handbook for additional requirements and restrictions.

Note: Core course for the MPUP major. Course needs 150 minutes of distance learning.

  • Course #: MPUP-950-01
  • CRN: 28282
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Brandes, U.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings:


Urban Laboratory

This course is an introduction into the elements and practices of community planning by directly engaging external place-based organizations. Core objectives of the class are to engage in urban analysis and derivation of urban planning strategy. Examples of successful urban analysis, planning initiatives and community design strategies will be introduced as case studies of professional practice. Coursework will emphasize exploring methods of documentation, interdisciplinary analysis and effective communication of planning concepts. A final project presentation will be made to a group of outside professionals.

  • Course #: MPUP-800-01
  • CRN: 26490
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructors: Brandes, U. , Murphy, J.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings:


Methods in Urban Planning Research and Analysis

This core course prepares students to analyze quantitative data and mapping used in the practice of urban and regional planning. Students become familiar with the sources of data and their relevance to making urban planning decisions. Students use publicly available data sets and data obtained from communities in the Washington region as a basis of course inquiry. Several data sources are examined, including GIS (Geographic Information Systems), census data, community data, and prior plans. Through readings, lectures and lab sessions, students gain knowledge of the skills and tools that accompany the practice of urban planning. Students are introduced to graphic delineation and mapping and the presentation methods used in planning studies. Note: this course is not an in-depth GIS course, which is offered as a specialization course. This is a required core course of the program.


Resilient Urban Systems

How are concepts of urban resiliency informing urban infrastructure decisions? This course will explore how urban infrastructure systems are defined, conceived, delivered and maintained. It will review how concepts of urban resiliency are directly informing the urban infrastructure debate through a review of best practice case studies. This course includes a travel component and is credited to the concentration in Urban Design and Land Use.

  • Course #: MPUP-770-01
  • CRN: 30399
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Davis, S.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings:


Urb Dev & Entitlement Practicm

This seminar will utilize two scenario-based simulations to explore the interdisciplinary challenges of professional practice. Designed as a special course designed to bring real estate and urban planning students together, the course emphasizes collaborative interaction and game theory to simulate real-world decision making at the core of the community development process. Based on the pedagogical tools (Hines Competition and Urban Plan) as developed by the Urban Land Institute, students will engage in collaborative role playing in order to gain a better understanding for the trade-offs associated with land use and community development goals. Industry representatives will judge the work produced by individual students and group collaboration. Specifically the course provides students opportunities to gain and improve skills to: • conduct financial, social, market, and land use analyses within a development process; • communicate and collaborate with process participants; and • problem solve to craft proposals likely to serve public and private interests. To provide context to the workshop and projects, tools are presented for participants to evaluate, negotiate, and make decisions within the development process.

Note: Saturday TBD Course needs 150 minutes of distance learning. This class will be meeting January 14, 21, 28, and February 4, 11, 18, 25 with a make-up on March 18th (applies to MPRE 803-01 as well) Please only hold room for sessions listed above.

  • Course #: MPUP-803-01
  • CRN: 28275
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructors: Lyons, D. , Vangenderen, S.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings:


Urban Revitalization

The last century saw U.S. cities rapidly expand, decline, and then somewhat unevenly re-emerge as economic and cultural engines; what is the context that created this pattern of disinvestment and reinvestment, and what are the drivers of revitalization? This introductory course will cover examples of successful and unsuccessful urban revitalization efforts, and will be organized around several different strategies that planners, developers, activists, designers, government officials and other practitioners have deployed to regenerate disinvested neighborhoods and downtowns. Coursework will emphasize place-based analysis of what methods and tools are most applicable given particular social, political, and market contexts. Each student will focus their research on a different major U.S. city so that class discussions will focus on comparative analysis. The course will also introduce critical discussions of gentrification, displacement, formal determinism, and the appropriate role of government policy in urban revitalization.

  • Course #: MPUP-801-01
  • CRN: 30538
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Brophy, P.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings: