Social Sciences building in Boca Raton
Florida Atlantic University’s School of Urban & Regional Planning will be relocating to the university’s main campus in Boca Raton in the summer of 2013. Anchoring the university’s downtown Fort Lauderdale campus for over 20 years, the school brings a rich history of innovative research and community engagement to Boca.
"The solutions to 21st century issues like climate change, urban livability, automobile dependence, and disaster recovery require a truly interdisciplinary approach to urban planning," said Dr. Eric Dumbaugh, the director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning. "The relocation to Boca allows us to enhance our relationships with allied programs in areas such as environmental science and engineering, positioning the school at the forefront of contemporary issues confronting not only South Florida, but the world."
One of five academic units that comprise the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the school will be located on the second floor of the Social Sciences building and will include a broad expansion of its state-of-the-art geospatial and urban design facilities. The new Visual Planning Technology (VPT) classroom will be expanded to include twenty-eight workstations, two high definition projectors, and expanded capabilities for webcasting and distance learning. The school will be relocating its Design Studio and will be adding a new Production Studio containing ten high-performance design workstations, 30-inch monitors, and 24-inch digitizing monitors. "I am happy that we can provide our students with large scale technology for creating large scale solutions," said Asher Soldwedel, the coordinator of the School's technology resources. "We also have the software capable of turning their plans into 3D visualizations and video for public consumption."
The school offers two undergraduate degree programs: its Bachelor of Urban & Regional Planning is the only professional undergraduate planning program in the State of Florida; and its Bachelor of Urban Design is one of only two undergraduate urban design programs in the country. The school also offers a Master of Urban & Regional Planning program which was recently ranked one of the best in the southeastern United States by the national publication Planetizen, and its alumni hold important leadership positions throughout South Florida and around the country.
"This move marks a new era for the School of Urban & Regional Planning," says Dr. Dumbaugh. "The world is undergoing a period of rapid urbanization. Over half of the world’s population lives in cities and urban areas. That number is increasing every day, and with it the importance of having innovative and knowledgeable leaders to guide us through the many new issues that will arise. We pride ourselves on developing these leaders in our degree programs and advancing research on these important issues."