Educational Opportunities

UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design

The College of Environmental Design at University of California, Berkeley offers several introductory summer programs for those interested in exploring the fields of city and regional planning, urban design and environmental planning.

The [IN]CITY cohort within the Summer [IN]STITUTE is a comprehensive six week introduction to the study and practice of urban planning through the lens of sustainability. The program provides students with introductory skills in urban planning and policy methods, including data collection/analysis, physical planning, mapping and visual representation. Participants leave [IN]CITY with a polished project portfolio, hands-on experience in the culture of planning and a toolkit of skills they will use throughout their academic and professional careers. No prior design experience necessary!

Disc* (Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities) is an intensive five week summer program that explores an interdisciplinary and multi-scalar approach to design and analysis in the urban environment. Guided by UC Berkeley faculty, Bay Area urbanists, designers, makers and entrepreneurs, Disc* students have the opportunity to develop and test their own creative ideas while working with the most forward-thinking researchers and practitioners from the Bay Area design community. Through design and digital fabrication studio sessions, lectures and talks, demos and workshops, field work and site visits, participants engage with the discourse of urban innovation, acquiring the tools and expertise necessary to craft design-based solutions that meet the increasingly urgent challenges of global urbanization.

Visit the CED Summer Programs page for more information about both programs and details on how to apply.

UC Davis Extension Program | Land Use & Natural Resources

UC Davis Extension offers a variety of courses that allow planners and other professionals to learn the newest tools and concepts in land use planning. Their land use courses address critical topics such as infrastructure, public finance, laws that govern land use planning, transportation circulation and a host of issues affecting planning at the community and local government levels. Through theory and practice, these courses will broaden your framework in land use and help you develop specific techniques and skills for more effective job performance.

Many of the land use courses have approved CM credits. The APA California Chapter has arranged a special discount of 10 percent for APA members.

For courses that offer a special discount, they will include the following disclaimer in the event description:

Special Discounts:  10% discount for organizations enrolling three or more people at the same time in the same course. All registrations must be submitted at the same time and fees paid with one check, credit card or purchase order. 10% discount for APACA Section and BIA members.

Check the UC Davis Extension website for courses you are interested in.

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