Letter from the Department Chair
Making Greater Places and Bettering Quality and Equity of Life
The Department of City Planning and Design strives to deliver urban planners who are change agents in their communities. It is focused on conducting cutting-edge research that improves urban planning practices in the country and region; promoting just and inclusive settlements and environmental stewardship and enhancement, and becoming regionally and internationally recognized for its undergraduate and graduate scholars with excellence in planning methodologies and research.
The Department of City Planning and Design (CPD) is part of the College of Architecture and Design at JUST. It offers a Bachelor's degree in City Planning and Design as well as a Master's degree in Planning and Urban Studies (MPUS). In the first two years of the bachelor's degree, our students share the same fundamental courses with all other college students. This is made in order to make sure that a preliminary design foundation is fulfilled after which students are directed to take classes in Urban Planning. The curriculum of CPD is a program structured to encompass a multitude of classes pertaining to wholesome knowledge in urban planning. Our faculty members have varied areas of interest which include Urban Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Housing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Conservation, and Urban Anthropology. The MPUS program is rich in its research topics. An average of 10 students are admitted each year. They are directed to provide local and international urban planning research and problem-solving. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the research, supervision is sometimes shared by external faculty from various research backgrounds such as transportation planning, artificial intelligence, sociology, geography, etc. Many of our alumni are currently working for international organizations such as the UN and World Bank. Several are serving regional planning endeavors in growing cities such as the Gulf city regions and local authorities.
Subsequent accelerating growth rates in modern cities emphasized the need for integrated action plans for vernacular and future urbanism and urged the need to provide essential remedies for inherited problems. Some cities in Jordan are historical settlements dating back to prehistory, and others are emergent settlements reflecting the need to dwell in certain localities. However, most of these cities developed by contiguous cellular growth with little planning. These facts inflicted the quality of life in cities of the region as well.
Our mission is to provide the society with professional planners who will develop the urban environment of this region of the world. The department takes on its responsibilities by equipping students with skills, and hands-on experiences to critically develop and promote their creativity and future career knowledge. This mission is carried out by a team of experts that are educated and furnished to create the change to enhance life and equity in modern cities.
- Equip students with professional and technical skills to engage in critical urban planning challenges.
- Introduce students to established and state-of-the-art technologies and urban planning methods.
- Expose students to faculty with diverse research and professional experiences.
- Provide students with opportunities to engage in innovative planning research at the local and regional level.
- Reinforce established relationships with local and regional planning stakeholders and create opportunities for collaboration.
- Foster an interdisciplinary approach to urban planning education at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
- Support diversity within the student body.
We care for the future and remedy the present; we are committed to Creating Better Places and to Bettering the Quality of Life; and we are departing to nurture the Capacity to Create and Connect to the World.
graduates of the bachelor program are eligible for the Jordan Engineers Association membership.
خريج بكالوريوس تخطيط وتصميم المدن معتمد كمهندس لدى نقابة المهندسيين الأردنيين ضمن شعبة الهندسة المعمارية
Chair: Dr. Anne Gharaibeh
Tel: (962)2-720-1000 (ext: 26747)