AICP College of Fellows News

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new report on addressing the problem of vacancies in u.s. cities

A new report released by the Lincoln Land Institute in May 2018 and authored by Alan Mallach, FAICP assesses the problem of vacant properties in the country. The report is entitled, "The Empty House Next Door: Understanding and Reducing Vacancy and Hypervacancy in the United States," and offers mitigation strategies for local officials, nonprofits, and community leaders.

Read the Report

Strong Towns Podcast on Suburban Redevelopment and Working in Small Towns

After a conceptual rendering of a retrofit project shared on social media by Chuck Marohn attracted much attention, both good and bad, he interviewed Bob Barber, FAICP, to find out more about the project. Barber discussed the challenges of suburban redevelopment, the need for incremental change, and the importance of engagement and developing a positive attitude throughout the planning process.

Listen to the Podcast

Mentoring the Next Generation

Skills and Thrills for Up and Coming Planners Webinar

The webinar (recorded on February 1, 2017) brought together four Fellows (Michael Blue, FAICP; Marya Morris, FAICP; Jim Peters, FAICP; Libby Tyler, FAICP) who presented lessons learned and insights from their experience in the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors.

Watch the webinar

An Evening with Fellows

Emerging professionals and students in New Jersey gathered in October 2016 to hear from four seasoned professionals who know a thing or two about planning. Planners just getting their start joined Fellows Philip B. Caton, FAICP, PP; Stuart Meck, FAICP, PhD, PP; J. Michael Cobb, FAICP, PhD, PP; and David N. Kinsey, FAICP, PhD, PP, for a Q&A style discussion about the challenges and rewards for the planning profession.

More about the event

Launching your Planning Career: A Guide for Idealists

Richard Willson, FAICP, draws on his years of experience in the classroom, as a researcher, and as a mentor to young planners in this series. His insights, shared in a series of blog posts, provide processes for making choices in the "launching" phase of one's career — addressing decision making, doubt, types of work, and work settings. Check out Richard Willson's excellent blog post series and his recent book based on the series, A Guide for the Idealist: Launching and Navigating Your Planning Career.

Mentoring Locally and at the National Planning Conference

Help to further the professional development of young planners by providing knowledgeable and strategic advice. A mentor can offer perspectives that come only from experience to empower the protege to build on core capabilities or pursue an innovative opportunity. Those interested in serving as a mentor with APA can participate in the Mentor Match event during the National Planning Conference as well as find opportunities at the local chapter level.

Fellows on Recent CPATs

As leaders in the field, Fellows are encouraged to participate in the Community Planning Assistance Teams (CPAT) program, APA's pro bono technical assistance program for communities that lack planning resources. The program offers Fellows the chance to share their knowledge, work with other experienced planners from around the country, and give back to a community in need. Many Fellows have served on teams in recent years.

Learn more about CPAT and submit a team member application

Recent Projects with Fellows

Fellows in Recent Publications


Planning Advisory Service (PAS) Reports

Journal of the American Planning Association

  • "A Midterm Report: Will Habitat III Make a Difference to the World's Urban Development?" Vol. 82, No. 4 (Fall 2016); Pp. 398-411. Eugenie Birch, FAICP.
  • "My 60 Years as a Planner." Vol. 82, No. 3 (Summer 2016); Pp. 280-287. Richard S. Bolan, FAICP.
  • "The Neighborhood Quality of Subsidized Housing." Vol. 80; No. 1 (Winter 2014); Pp. 67-82 Emily Talen, FAICP and Julia Kochinsky.
  • "Perspective: A Planning Life: Bridging Academics and Practice." Vol. 80; No. 1 (Winter 2014); Pp. 83-90. David Godschalk, FAICP.

Planning magazine


March 2015: Georgia Tech Professor of Practice Mike Dobbins, FAICP, receives Innovation and Excellence in Laboratory Instruction Award.

FAICP Membership Assistance

Fellowship is the highest honor APA's professional institute bestows on its members. One responsibility that members of the AICP College of Fellows are expected to uphold is the maintenance of their AICP membership. Listed below are several membership options that AICP Fellows may wish to explore.

  • Retired Members are exempt from Certification Maintenance requirements. An AICP member qualifies as retired if he or she has been an active and continuous member for at least 10 years; is at least 65 years of age; and does not engage in any profession, business, or trade. If you meet these criteria, submit the Retired Status Exemption Form to take advantage of the CM exemption.
  • Life Members are partially exempt from Certification Maintenance requirements and must complete 16 CM, including 1.5 credits each of law and ethics. An AICP member qualifies as a Life Member if he or she has been an active and continuous member for at least 25 years and is at least 65 years of age. If you meet these criteria, submit the Verification of Life Membership Status Form.
  • Active unemployed members may waive a portion of Certification Maintenance requirements during their period of unemployment by submitting the CM Exemption Application Form.
  • Or you can catch up on CM credits with these free events.