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There are many organizations affiliated with planning and the ACSP. The ACSP considers them partners, colleagues and advocates for positive change. Understanding them and their far-reaching implications for local through global planning efforts may entice you more toward obtaining an advanced degree in planning.


The Planning Accreditation Board

The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) is jointly sponsored by ACSP (the organization of planning schools), the American Planning Association (the organization of professional planners), and the American Institute of Certified Planners (the accrediting body for professional planners). The PAB's mission (descriptive flyer) is to ensure high quality education for future urban planners. Accredited programs must meet strict standards developed collaboratively by both practicing planners and planning academicians. Not all accredited schools teach the same courses or emphasize the same subjects–in fact, the differences between the schools appeal to different student interests. But the curriculum at all accredited schools provides a core set of theories, methods, and techniques which properly prepare students for a career as a practicing planner. PAB School Enrollment Data - Annual Reports


GPEAN Global Planning Educators Association Network

GPEAN is promoted by APSA, AESOP, ACSP and ANSAPS, the first World Planning Schools Congress was held in Tongji University in July, 2001. There were nearly 1000 officials, scholars of urban planning, educators, students and practitioners gathered making a deep discuss on the common achievements in urban planning and construction, communicating actively on working experience, as well as referring to practical experience of the other countries, cities and research partners.

According to the common sense of the above paragraph, to deliver the spirit to the whole world, 10 countries and transnational planning educational organizations, gathered signing the SHANGHAI STATEMENT on July 14th, which declares: on the goal of increasing mutual communication in order to improve the quality and visibility of planning and planning education. To achieve this, it was agreed to establish a global planning education association network and committees to host future World Planning Schools Congresses and to develop an inclusive communication network.

2016 World Planning Schools Congress Proceedings

In addition to the ACSP, the current ten other members of the GPEAN are as follows:

  • ACUPP Association of Canadian University Planning Programs
  • AAPS Association of African Planning Schools
  • APERAU Association for the Promotion of Education and Research in Urban and Regional Planning, or Aménagement et Urbanisme
  • AESOP Association of European Schools of Planning
  • APSA Asian Planning Schools Association
  • ANZAPS Australian and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools
  • ALEUP Latin American Association of Schools of Urbanism and Planning
  • ANPUR National Association of Urban and Regional Post-Graduate Programs - Brazil
  • TUPOB Association of Planning Schools of Turkey
  • ASPI Association of Indonesian Planning Schools


American Planning Association

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. Members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. For more information, visit www.planning.org.


Urban Affairs Association

The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service professionals.

The Urban Affairs Association is dedicated to creating interdisciplinary spaces for engaging in intellectual and practical discussions about urban life. Through theoretical, empirical, and action-oriented research, the UAA fosters diverse activities to understand and shape a more just and equitable urban world. (Adopted March 12, 2010)


Other Professional Planners' Associations


Learned Societies


Other Higher Education Groups in North America



The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.


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