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Department of Urban & Regional Planning
University of Hawai`i at Manoa
Saunders Hall 107
2424 Maile Way
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Telephone: (808) 956-7381
Facsimile: (808) 956-6870



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At the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning is an academic discipline that fosters a multidisciplinary set of intellectual and practical tools to help us chart our future in an age of uncertainty. We strive to improve the quality of life for present and future generations, both locally and globally, through planning, public policy and social collaboration.

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP), a unit within the faculty of Social Sciences, offers the following degrees:

In addition the department also offers the following certificates:

The Department emphasizes theory, methodology and practice in the following areas, known as course streams:

  • Community planning and social policy
  • Environmental planning and natural resource management
  • Urban and regional planning in Asia and the Pacific
  • Land use, transportation and infrastructure planning

The Planning Profession

Urban and Regional Planning is a vital aspect of public, private and global issues. The problems faced by cities, counties and specific populations today demand innovative solutions from committed and thoughtful planners. Practitioners assist communities in planning for growth and change. They look at existing conditions and challenges, and also help develop a vision of what a community could look like in the future. Professional planners help to address issues such as, transportation, housing, social services, economic development, environmental and natural resources, globalization and disaster management. For more information, please review the ACSP's guide to Urban and Regional Planning or the following U.S. News and World Report's assessment of the Urban Planning profession.