What Is FutureShape?

FutureShape, a signature cause of the APA Foundation, is focused on creating the first peer-vetted research agenda for the planning profession.

FutureShape, a signature cause of the APA Foundation, is focused on creating the first peer-vetted research agenda for the planning profession.

FutureShape will collaboratively produce a research agenda for the planning profession, to be used by funders, researchers and others as a guide to prioritize research activities worldwide. The process will involve several stages of interaction between the research community and other partners, culminating in an in-person convening of academics, researchers, planners, officials, and funders to build an authoritative blueprint for the impact of planning in the 21st century.

Why Is FutureShape Important?

No research agenda currently exists for the planning profession. FutureShape presents a unique opportunity for a wide range of planners, partners, and allies to interact — with the APA Foundation facilitating critical conversations that impact the future of cities and communities.

The research agenda will instigate a wide array of research projects, at a time in which trends such as smart technology and climate change are transforming our world. This research is critical to equipping planners with the knowledge and best practices they need to position communities for the future.

Who Will Oversee FutureShape?

Comprised of a diverse mix of APA members, thought leaders, and stakeholders in planning and allied professions, FutureShape includes a Steering Committee and four Workgroups. Each workgroup and its members were selected for their deep expertise in the designated area and will provide valuable feedback and direction throughout the various research phases of the project. We thank each of these participants for their contributions and commitment to this important work.

Steering Committee and Workgroups convened in Chicago in August 2019 to begin finalizing the research agenda.

Steering Committee

Mary Kay Peck, FAICP (Chair)
MKPeck Associates

Leo Asuncion, Jr., AICP
State of Hawaii

Kurt Christiansen, FAICP
Formerly at City of Azusa

Don Elliott, FAICP
Clarion Associates

Rodger Lentz, AICP
City of Wilson

Mike McAnelly, FAICP
Texas Chapter, APA

Plans and Plan Making Workgroup

Bob Barber, FAICP (Chair)
Orion Planning + Design

Nader Afzalan, PhD
Urban Footprint

Eugenie Birch, PhD, FAICP
University of Pennsylvania

David Rouse, FAICP
American Planning Association

Chris Silver, PhD, FAICP
University of Florida

Jennifer S. Vey
Brookings Institute

Jordan Yin, PhD, AICP
Alabama A&M University

Built Environment Workgroup

Brian Campbell, FAICP (Chair)

Whit Blanton, FAICP
Forward Pinellas

Robert Cervero, PhD
University of California, Berkeley

Reid Ewing, PhD
University of Utah

Justin Moore
NYC Public Design Commission

Arthur "Chris" Nelson, FAICP
University of Arizona

Mike Sanio
American Society of Civil Engineers

Sagar Shah, PhD, AICP
American Planning Association

Plan Implementation Workgroup

Bob Mitchell, FAICP (Chair)
Robert P. Mitchell, FAICP Consulting

Tom Dallessio
Formerly at Next City

David Morley, AICP
American Planning Association

John Mullin, PhD, FAICP
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Peter Pollock, FAICP

Nancy Stroud, FAICP
Lewis, Stroud, & Deutsch

Mildred Warner
Cornell University

Environmental Management Workgroup

Peter Lowitt, FAICP (Chair)
Devens Enterprise

Armando Carbonell, FAICP
Lincoln Land Institute

Kurt Culbertson
Design Workshop

Justin Hollander, PhD, AICP
Tufts University

Laurie Johnson
Laurie Johnson Consulting

Bob Leiter, FAICP

David Rouse, FAICP
American Planning Association

Kathleen Wolf, PhD
University of Washington