AICP Certified Urban Designer (AICP CUD) Reading List


Alexander, Christopher. 1977. A Pattern Language : towns, buildings, construction. New York : Oxford University Press.

American Planning Association.2006. Planning and Urban Design Standards. New York : Wiley.

Ames, David, and Richard Wagner. 2009. Design & Historic Preservation. Newark, Del.: University of Delaware Press.

Barnett, Jonathan. 1974. Urban Design as Public Policy. McGraw-Hill, Inc.

Frank, Lawrence D., Peter O. Engelke, and Thomas L. Schmid. 2003. Health and Community Design: The Impact of the Built Environment on Physical Activity. Washington D.C.: Island Press.

Gehl, Jan. 2010. Cities for People. Washington D.C.: Island Press.

Hinshaw, Mark L. 2007. True Urbanism: Living In and Near the Center. Chicago: Planners Press.

Jacobs, Allan B. 1993. Great Streets. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

Lang, Jon. 2005. Urban Design: A typology of procedures and products. Oxford, UK: Architectural Press.

Lynch, Kevin. 1960. Image of the city. Cambridge, Mass.: Technology Press.

Miles, Mike E., Gayle Berens, and Marc A. Weiss. 2000. Real Estate Development. Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute.

Shirvani, Hamid. 1981. Urban Design Review: A Guide for Planners. Chicago : Planners Press.

Thadani, Dhiru A. 2010. The Language of Towns and Cities: a visual dictionary. New York : Rizzoli.

Weeks, Kay D., and Anne E. Grimmer. 1995. The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring, and Reconstructing Historic Buildings. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior Heritage Preservation Service.

Government Resources

U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency. 2007. Site and Urban Design for Security: Guidance Against Potential Terrorist Attacks.

New York City Department of Design and Construction. 2008. Sustainable Urban Site Design Manual.

New York City Department of Design and Construction. 2013. Sustainable New York: Implementing Sustainable Design in the City's Public Works.

The City of Portland, Orgeon. 2001. Portland Central City Fundamental Design Guidelines.

Other Resources

City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning. 2008. Walkability Checklist: Guidance for Entitlement Review.

San Francisco General Plan. 2013. Urban Design Element.


  • No reading list can span the entire range of material in the field.
  • It is not expected that exam takers will have read all the resources cited.
  • The readings are intended as guidelines only. While many exam questions are based on these readings, many are developed from other materials of similar content.