APA divisions are a reflection of you. Are you looking for a community of professionals with opportunities to lead, affect policy, develop professionally, and stay up to date?

APA Divisions

APA divisions produce newsletters and special publications, develop conference sessions, collaborate with related organizations, and contribute to policy work.

Where do you see yourself? Do you see yourself in a leadership role? Taking the next step in your career? Advancing ideas that matter? Then you should see yourself in an APA division. Our divisions are communities of professionals with shared interests. They give their members opportunities to discuss ideas, contribute to national policy work, develop conference sessions, build partnerships, and more.

Find out which APA division is a reflection of you. See the list of divisions below or click on the See Yourself brochure icon for more information and complete the application on the last page to join one or more APA division.


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On the Radar: Emerging Issues

Planning challenges must be approached from a variety of perspectives. Four areas have emerged as opportunities for divisions to collaborate and share their expertise with members and the public alike — planning for dynamic populations, food system planning, aging and livable communities, and airports in the region (AIR).

Visit On the Radar to learn more.

Which APA Divisions Do You See Yourself In?

City Planning and Management Division

I grapple with the challenges of agency management every day.

County Planning Division

I am interested in issues facing county, borough, or parish planners.

Economic Development Division

I know that many sectors of the economy should be promoted, including tourism, information technology, and other services, in addition to the manufacturing and retail sectors.

Environment, Natural Resources and Energy Division

I'm interested in the land use implications of environmental, natural, and energy resources management and conservation.

Federal Planning Division

I'm involved in planning for the future of federal properties located in the United States and abroad.

Gays and Lesbians in Planning Division

I'd like professional support that includes resources for gay and lesbian planners who may or may not be "out" in the workplace.

Housing and Community Development Division

I believe the need for more accessible and equitable communities is great.

International Division

I am interested in planning practice and urban development in other countries, I live and work outside the United States, or I'd like to work outside the United States.

Latinos and Planning Division

I'm interested in sharing resources and ideas for the planning issues affecting Latino communities.

New Urbanism Division

I'm interested in development patterns that are effective alternatives to sprawl.

Planning and the Black Community Division

I want to help my community collaborate and share resources with political, economic, and educational organizations.

Planning and Law Division

I need to understand the diverse and constantly changing legal issues that affect the planning profession.

Planning and Women Division

I'm interested in how women can affect the planning profession and promote professional growth.

Private Practice Division

I need information on preparing proposals, selecting consultants, writing contracts, and marketing my services.

Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division

I support policies that help local, regional, state, and national governments work together on development.

Small Town and Rural Planning Division

I am the planning department.

Sustainable Communities Division

I believe that planning for sustainability is our profession's defining challenge in the 21st century.

Technology Division

I believe the planning community needs a voice to advocate for best practices in technology.

Transportation Planning Division

I'm interested in affecting local, regional, state, and national transportation planning to help mobilize America in the most energy-efficient and sustainable way for future generations.

Urban Design and Preservation Division

I believe good urban design is essential to maintaining community character, a sense of place, quality of life, and economic vitality.