San Francisco State University Urban Studies & Planning Senior Seminar

usp research presentationThe Urban Studies and Planning Senior Seminar is a practicum in urban planning and policy. Under the direction of Professor Ayse Pamuk (since 2001) and in collaboration with community clients, the course teaches students to solve urban planning and policy problems by combining theory, substantive knowledge, and analytical skills in the context of a client-serving project. The course provides Urban Studies and Planning students an opportunity to practice working in a team and prepare a written report.  The students present their findings to a  professional jury including  clients and faculty using Power Point slides.  The course has been designated by SFSU as a Community Service Learning (CSL) course (since spring 2005). Projects are selected through an RFP process.

External clients this spring 2017 included SF Department of Aging and Adult Services, Rebuilding SF Together, SF Planning Dept., City of Burlingame, City of South San Francisco, Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), and SF Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD).

Seven student teams presented their findings to a packed audience and professional jury including clients and faculty using Power Point slides on May 2, 2017 at SF State.

List of featured student work completed by sub-field

Housing Policy and Planning
Community Economic Development
GIS Mapping
Land Use Planning
Transportation Planning



PACE holds inaugural alumni networking roundtable

On March 29, the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement (PACE) convened Future Focused: An Inaugural Alumni Networking Roundtable and Reception in Redwood City. Hosted by PACE’s partners at San Mateo County, the event was the first large-scale convening of PACE alumni since the School was founded in 2012.

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