100th Events

Urban & Regional Planning / Celebrating 100 Years at Illinois

SAVE THE DATE: November 7-9, 2013


Temple Buell2013 marked a year-long 100th Anniversary Celebration of Planning Education at Illinois. We offered a great variety of events, an extended weekend including a keynote speaker, symposium, receptions and dinner, and tours to welcome back alumni, former faculty, and friends. We offered several opportunities for alums and friends of DURP to get reacquainted with friends and colleagues.

Schedule of Events


3:30-5:00 pm: Analytical Traditions in Planning at Illinois, Room 225 Temple Buell Hall

  • Moderator: Lew Hopkins, Professor Emeritus. Science and Scientific Reasoning in Urban Planning: An Illinois Tradition
  • Tschangho John Kim, Endowed Professor Emeritus, Urban and Regional Systems Regional Science at Illinois
  • Geoffrey Hewings, Professor, Geography & Regional Science, Economics, IPGA, Urban & Regional Planning, Agricultural & Consumer Economics Academic Programs in Urban Transportation Planning: A Fifty Year Perspective
  • David Boyce, Professor Emeritus of Transportation and Regional Science, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIUC 1977-1988)

7:00 pm: Keynote Presentation: Michael Sorkin, The City After Now. Plym Auditorium, Temple Buell Hall
Reception immediately following, Temple Buell Hall Atrium

Michael SorkinMichael Sorkin is Principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio, a global design practice working at all scales with a special interest in the city and green architecture. The studio has undertaken major projects — including the design of new cities, districts, and buildings — in China, Malaysia, Turkey, Germany, Austria, India, the U.S., and other locations around the world. Sorkin is President and founder of Terreform, a non-profit institute dedicated to research into the forms and practices of just and sustainable urbanism. He is also President of the Institute for Urban Design, and is a Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at The City College of New York. Mr. Sorkin was previously Professor of Urbanism at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and has held professorships at Cooper Union, Yale, Columbia, Pennsylvania, Harvard, SCI-Arc, Aarhus, and other schools. He is the author or editor of more than 15 books on architecture and urbanism, including Twenty Minutes in Manhattan and All Over the Map: Writing on Buildings and Cities. He is the architecture critic for The Nation. Sorkin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and, in 2013, won the National Design Award as "Design Mind."


All daytime events to be held in Temple Buell Architecture Gallery, Architecture Building, 608 E. Lorado Taft Drive

(metered parking along S. 6th St. and W. Pennsylvania Ave., $1.00 per hour, can use paybyphone.com to pay with credit card)

9:00 am-12:00: The "Illinois School"

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.: Moderator: Prof. Mary Edwards, AICP The Illinois School: A Century of Thinking and Practice about Plans

  • Lew Hopkins, FAICP, Professor Emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture Toward a Smarter Growth: Pushing Illinois School Concepts in Maryland
  • Prof. Gerrit Knaap, Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Creative Activity and Professor, University of Maryland; Director, National Center for Smart Growth Research & Education (UIUC faculty, 1989-2002) Plan Making with Scenarios: Multiple Styles, Varied Results
  • Prof. Arnab Chakraborty, and Andrew McMillan, Ph.D. program Break

10:15-10:45: Moderator: Prof. Stacy Harwood Dare to Social Welfare Plan

  • Len Heumann, Professor Emeritus The Illinois School: A Long-Running Pragmatic Bent
  • Prof. Varkki Pallathucheril, Visiting Professor, and
  • Prof. Brian Deal Framing Relationally: From Inter-National to Trans-National Planning
  • Prof. Faranak Miraftab

12:00 -1:30 pm: Box lunch (reservations required)

1:30 pm-5:00 pm: Alumni Panel Sessions - What I did with my Planning Education

Moderator: Michael Blue, FAICP, BAUP '84, MUP '87, Principal, Teska Associates

Comprehensive Planning:

  • Les Pollock, FAICP, MUP '68; Principal Consultant and Co-Founder, Camiros, Ltd.
  • Lee Brown, FAICP, BUP '77; President, Teska Associates

Historic Preservation:

  • Jim Peters, AICP, MUP '84; Adjunct Lecturer, CUPPA, UIC and The School of the Art Institute, Chicago
  • Alice Novak, MUP '85; Assistant Head, DURP, UIUC

Economic Development:

  • Doug Houston, BUP '70


  • Moderator: Michael Schubert, MUP '75; Principal, Community Development Strategies

Environmental Planning:


  • Jim Westervelt, MUP '81, PhD '96; Research Scientist, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory

Community Development:


  • Damon Smith, MUP '95; Principal Deputy General Counsel, HUD

6:30 pm: Reception/Dinner/Reminiscences; Big Grove Tavern, 1 Main Street, Champaign


9:00 am-10:00 am: Coffee, pastries, and facility tours; Temple Buell Hall Atrium

10:15 am-noon: Trolley Tour-The Changing Communities: Campus, Urbana, Champaign


  • Rebecca Bird, MUP '07, AICP; Interim Planning Manager, City of Urbana, and
  • Rob Kowalski, MUP '95, AICP; Assistant Director, Planning and Economic Development, City of Champaign

Noon: The Non-Tailgate Tailgate: barbecue buffet lunch, tailgate-style, but with heat and without the football game. Stock Pavilion, 1402 W Pennsylvania Avenue, Urbana (just south of Temple Buell Hall) A family-friendly event

We suggest the following options for overnight accommodations:

  • i-Hotel, 1900 S First Street, Champaign
  • Illini Union Hotel, 1401 W Green Street,
  • Urbana Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S Neil Street, Champaign


In celebration of our 100th anniversary, we have organized a year-long lecture series in urban and planning history. Prominent scholars from both the UIUC campus and other universities will be presenting their research.


Tuesday, April 23, 12:30-1:50 pm, Room 225 Temple Buell Hall

"Towards a Photographic Urbanism" Dianne Harris, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois, author of Little White Houses: How the Postwar Home Constructed Race in America.

FALL 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 12:30-1:50 pm, Room 225 Temple Buell Hall
"Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City." Colin Gordon, Department of History, University of Iowa, author of Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City.

Tuesday, October 8, 12:30-1:50 pm, Room 225 Temple Buell Hall
"Mid-Century Urban Renewal and Chicago's Latino/Latina Communities."Lilia Fernndez, Department of History, Ohio State University, author of Brown in the Windy City, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago.

Tuesday, November 19, 12:30-1:50 pm, Room 225 Temple Buell Hall
"A Garden at the Factory Gate: Contested Scales of Planning at Kohler Village." Kathryn Oberdeck, Department of History, University of Illinois, author of the forthcoming book Sanitary Spaces in Protean Places: Kohler Village and the Politics of Space in the Twentieth Century.


Thank you to all of our alumni, faculty, current students, and friends who attended our 100th anniversary opening event in Chicago. With over 200 people in attendance, the reception provided an unprecedented opportunity for reconnecting and networking for our Department of Urban and Regional Planning community. The photographs from the event, taken by Casey Merchant, BAUP 2012, have now been posted on our flickr site. If you have any photographs you would like to share with us from the event, please contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The slide show shown at the reception is now posted as well. Please also refer to our Department Milestones and Faculty Timeline pages for additional images and historic documents such as our Alumni News series which are posted by year. If you have any photographs, missing Alumni News, or other documents you would like to share with us, please let us know.

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