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The School of Planning, Design and Construction uniquely unites four built environment disciplines to foster synergistic learning and collaboration: Construction management, interior design, landscape architecture and urban & regional planning. Our academic programs are accredited and produce career-ready graduates. We provide our students with the opportunity to learn about and work on real-world, cross-discipline projects and activities. Our nationally recognized, world-renowned faculty cross-collaborate on pressing built environment issues, delivering timely and crucial sustainable research and outreach. Learn More
The National Charrette Institute (NCI) at Michigan State University has launched an online opportunity for its popular NCI Charrette System certificate training program. As the charrette process becomes more popular across the country, community and planning professionals are increasingly looking for options outside of classroom trainings, which they can now access online at their own place and on their own time
“This online training represents the cumulative learning from 15 years of classroom experience. We put everything into making sure this course represents the best NCI can offer,” said Bill Lennertz, founder of NCI.
The MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) is pleased to announce that 12 students have been awarded the Peter and Linda Riguardi Travel Fellowship. This exciting new opportunity is made possible by a gift recently made to Michigan State University by Peter and Linda Riguardi, which enables SPDC students to gain firsthand knowledge of major urban planning development projects through site visits around the world.
The MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction held its 11th Industry Seminar Series event on Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017, in East Lansing. Featured speaker was 1973 construction management alumnus Alan Scott, president and owner of Alan F Scott (AFS), Inc., and former co-founder and managing member of The NRP Group LLC. He presented on the “Challenges and Opportunities ahead for Single-Family and Multi-Family Builders.”
In 2015, the MSU Urban & Regional Planning Program received funding from the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Office of Passenger Transportation for a study on “Measuring Customer Satisfaction and Identifying Trip Purpose. . .” MSU will design, implement, collect and evaluate data across 78 Michigan transit agencies (over a three-year period) under guidance from Associate Professor Eva Kassens-Noor and Assistant Professor Zeenat Kotval-Karamchandani.
In January 2015, the Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Global Change and Earth Observations (CGCEO) received three years of funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to study “Urbanization and Sustainability Under Global Change and Transitional Economies: Synthesis from Southeast, East and North Asia (SENA).” The study will conclude in 2018. . . Urban & Regional Planning Program’s Associate Professor Peilei Fan, from the School of Planning, Design and Construction and CGCEO, leads the project with Jiquan Chen, professor from the CGCEO and the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences (GEO). Zutao Yang, GEO postdoctoral research associate, is also part of the team.