Past Event

Columbia GSAPP Urban Planning Program Open House 2020

October 30, 2020
9:00 PM - 10:15 PM
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Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing

Time: October 30, 2020 | 9:00-10:15 PM (Beijing Time)

Please join us for the Columbia GSAPP Urban Planning Program Open House 2020. After a live-streaming of curriculum overview and Q&As with current students, you can also hear from alumni who will answer questions about their experience in the program.

For prospective students in and near Beijing, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing welcomes you to participate in person and meet alums from the program.



Weiping Wu is Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia GSAPP and Director of the M.S. Urban Planning program. She also is on the faculty of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and Columbia Population Research Center. Before joining Columbia in 2016, she was Professor and Chair in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University.

Trained in architecture and urban planning, Prof. Wu has focused her research and teaching on understanding urban dynamics in developing countries in general and China in particular. She is an internationally acclaimed urban and planning scholar working on global urbanization with a specific expertise in issues of migration, housing, and infrastructure of Chinese cities. Her publications include eight books, as well as many articles in top international journals. Her published work has gained an increasing public presence, particularly her recent book The Chinese City. It offers a critical understanding of China’s urbanization, exploring how the complexity of Chinese cities both conforms to and defies conventional urban theories and experience of cities elsewhere around the world.



9:00-9:25 PM  Curriculum overview by Program Director Professor Weiping Wu

9:25-9:45 PM  Q&As with panel of current students

9:45-10:15 PM  Q&As with program alumni



The Master of Science in Urban Planning is a two-year accredited professional degree. Our program takes a comparative, global perspective to urban planning, centering social justice and critical practice. It connects the study of the urban built environment with grounded analysis of socioeconomic and political conditions to inform planning practice and praxis toward social, racial, and climate justice. We prepare students to confront and break down structures and practices of oppression rooted in class inequality, racism, and sexism. By studying the impact of global processes (such as immigration, climate change, and public health) on cities, neighborhoods, and communities—across the Global North and Global South—the program aims to foster new, creative planning and policy approaches that will improve processes and outcomes in cities around the world.

A new part-time option will take a student approximately four years (eight semesters) continuously to complete the degree requirements, with a half course load typical of full-time study each year. To qualify, a student must have work experience in planning or a related field for at least two years full-time or four years part-time prior to application.