APA Presidents discuss the future of planning

The current and former presidents of the American Planning Association—William Anderson (MCRP ’83) and Mitch Silver—took part in a public discussion on 2/6 called “The Future of Planning: Perspectives of APA Presidents.”

Anderson, a principal and vice-president at AECOM, and Silver, planning director for the city of Raleigh, North Carolina, discussed how changes in culture, demographics, and technology will have a significant impact on how we think about places and policy, as well as the new skills and perspectives that planners will need to master to address new challenges. “I was reminded of the importance of planning as a discipline that cuts across sectors to synthesize ideas and implement strategies for the betterment of public health and social well-being,” said Alison Tramba (MUP’14).

Anderson and Mitchell met with students and faculty members at a Loeb Library reception before their talk in Piper Auditorium. “It was a great chance to hear where our education can take us after we’re finished up in Gund Hall,” said Rob Wellburn (MUP’15).