Urban & Regional Planning

About Us

Urban and Regional Planning centers on recognizing and solving critical problems in communities. We design sustainable, livable, equitable, and environmentally sound communities. In each of our programs, you will study historical and contemporary planning, as well as the different values and ethical standards that affect the practice of planning.

Why Study Urban & Regional Planning at Eastern?

Our graduates are leaders of the planning profession and guides to sustainable futures.

Work Together

Work with public officials and practicing professionals to communicate, analyze, design, and plan.

Make a Difference

Improve the quality of life in your neighborhood, city, state and region.

Help the Community

Provide technical assistance for area agencies and communities.

What You Will Learn

  • How to design sustainable, livable, equitable and environmentally sound communities
  • Human settlements as they relate to planning
  • Historical and contemporary planning practice, policy, and processes
  • The different values and ethical standards that affect the practice of planning
  • How to practice planning in various settings
Agencies and organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest compliment our program for producing graduates who need little additional training to assume their employment responsibilities.

Strategic Plan

Adopted on April 10, 2015

Implementation of the following is based on a continual revision of our strategic plan to address the critical needs of students, communities, and changes in our profession. We are rigorously assessed through measurement, along with an annual review by professional planners in our Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) and accrediting agencies.

View the full listing of master goals, strategic directions, priorities, and benchmarks.

Our Vision

The vision for the Urban and Regional Planning program is that our graduates are leaders of the planning profession and guides to sustainable futures.

Our core values include:

  • Community-based research and service learning since 1968
  • Focus on problem-solving at the local scale
  • Promote diversity
  • Seek to address global understanding
  • Recognize the need for local actions
  • Alumni to shape and influence the future of our region as professional planners and community builders

Our Mission

The mission of the Urban and Regional Planning program is to provide quality professional planning education, research, and community service with an emphasis on problem-solving at the local level.

To support the achievement of this mission, we seek to:

  • Provide a quality applied professional planning education for both graduate and undergraduate students
  • Actively recruit excellent, diverse students
  • Disseminate high-quality, meaningful, and timely research to the academic, professional, and governmental communities
  • Maintain the department’s long tradition of providing community service to local communities
  • Develop and maintain a qualified, diverse faculty and staff
  • Work closely with professional planning organizations to support and develop ongoing educational opportunities, services, and programs
  • Maintain sound administrative procedures and practices

Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities

The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association Scholarship offers $3,000 to undergraduate and graduate students. Started in the 1980s, this tradition reflects the strong encouragement and support for higher education in professional planning programs.

Mr. King Cole was perhaps the most influential planner in the history of Spokane—as the leader and organizer for economic revitalization as well as being the person most responsible for the 1974 World’s Fair. Redevelopment and revitalization still shape an evolving, successful downtown that builds on our legacies of preserving the natural environment. Although he never worked as a planner for the city, Mr. Cole worked tirelessly through business and non-profit organizations to form Spokane as a 20th-century city. This $1,000 scholarship is provided the Cole family through a generous endowment to EWU as support to an undergraduate student in our program.

Mr. Len Zickler is an alumnus of our program and a prominent landscape artist. The Len Zickler Planning Scholarship has a value of $1,000.

Dr. Frank Schadegg was an exceptional professor in geography, fascinated with action research and field applications across the Inland Northwest. He was a strong force in creating and promoting planning in rural areas, and responsible for the formation of the Planning Association of Washington. Schadegg was the founder of our program, the product of his keen interest in teaching and learning in the field. An endowment for this $1,000 scholarship was established by planners, alumni, and friends of Schadegg to continue the tradition of applied planning and field research among students.

Association for Student Planners (ASP)

The Association of Student Planners (ASP) is an organization for interested students. Our goals as an organization are to:

  • Provide opportunities to utilize urban planning skills in community service projects
  • Promoting networking between students and professionals

We serve on the Washington Chapter and the Inland Empire Section of the American Planning Association’s Board of Directors (APA-IES).

For further information or questions, please contact faculty advisor, Jason Scully, at jscully@ewu.edu.

Panorama of the EWU Spokane campus

Careers in Urban & Regional Planning

The Urban and Regional Planning curriculum prepares students for a wide variety of occupational possibilities:

City Planner

Major Projects Manager

Transportation Planning Manager

Landscape Architect

Urban Design Planner