Paul D. Zwick

Paul D. Zwick

Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Professor Emeritus

Ph.D. Environmental Engineering Sciences
MAURP
BS Engineering
Construction Management

Dr. Zwick has been a faculty member in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida for over 30 years. He is presently a professor emeritus in Urban and Regional Planning. Paul has also been the Director of the GeoPlan Center in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning. He was also the Interim Director of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning, the Director of the College Doctoral Programs and Department Chair in Urban and Regional Planning. Dr. Zwick’s areas of expertiseare in land use planning, GIS, environmental planning, and is also working within a new paradigm — Geodesign. He researches new land use and environmental models using GIS, visualization software, and spatial modeling for regional Geodesign and urban form. Dr. Zwick’s work includes the State of Florida Greenways plan, the development of the Florida geographic Data Library, and numerous visioning projects including the Florida MyRegion project. He has been an advisor to the Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Department of Community Affairs, and has been on professional boards for the Urban and Regional Systems Association, The Conservation Fund, 1000 Friends of Florida and the Florida American Planning Association. Dr. Zwick has published two books with ESRI Press. He is a coauthor with Margaret Carr for “Smart Land-Use Analysis: The LUCIS Model”, Esri Press Redlands, CA. March 2007. He is also a coauthor with Iris Patten and Abdulnaser Arafat for “Advanced Land-Use Analysis for Regional Geodesign: Using LUCISplus“, ESRI Press Redlands, CA. October 2015.

Christopher Silver

Christopher Silver

Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Professor
352-294-1435
ARCH 458

BA St. Lawrence University
MA and PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MURP Virginia Commonwealth University

Christopher Silver is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning who joined the faculty at UF in 2006 as Dean of the College of Design, Construction and Planning (until 2016).  He previously served as Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1998-2006) and as Professor of Planning and Associate Dean at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Silver has been a four-time Fulbright Senior Scholar at two Indonesian Universities, and in 2018 he was awarded an honorary professorship at the University of Indonesia in their Faculty of Engineering and another in 2019 at the Institute of Technology, Bandung in their School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development.  He served as a consultant to Indonesia’s National Development Planning Board from 1995-1997 under their Regional Directorate.  

Silver’s teaching and research draws upon his international engagement in planning and urban development since the 1980s, and shaped by his academic preparation in the fields of history and planning.  He received his Master and PhD degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in History, with a particular focus on urban and planning history.  This was supplemented by courses in urban and regional planning at Chapel Hill that culminated in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1979.  He earned membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and later was elevated to the rank of Fellow in the AICP.  He currently teaches courses in international city development and planning, including Cities of the World, Sustainable Urbanism in Europe, and International Development Planning.  

This combination of planning and history is also reflected in Silver’s research, which includes 8 books (authored, co-authored and edited), 16 book chapters and 18 refereed articles.  His initial publications dealt with race, politics and planning in the United States, including Twentieth Century RichmondPlanning, Politics and Race (1984) and (with John Moeser) The Separate City: Black Communities in Urban South, 1940-1968 (1995) and (with Mary Corbin Sies) Planning the Twentieth-Century American City (1995).  Teaching, consulting and researching in Indonesia led to Planning the Megacity:  Jakarta in the Twentieth Century (2008), (with Victoria Beard and Faranak Miraftab) Decentralization and Planning:  Contested Spaces for Public Action in the Global South (2008) and (with Andrea Frank) Urban Planning Education:  Beginnings, Global Movement and Future Prospects (2018).  His current publications focus on water management in Jakarta and the problems of flooding and inadequate water services in one of the world’s fastest sinking megacities. Silver is the Guest Editor of a special issue of the Journal of Regional and City Planning on Rapid Urbanization in Asia.  He is a past co-editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association and the founding editor of the Journal of Planning History.  He has served as president of the Society of American City Planning History, vice president and president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, president of the Global Planning Education Association Network, and Executive Secretary of the International Planning History Society. 

Ruth L. Steiner

Ruth L. Steiner

Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Professor and Director, Center for Health and the Built Environment
(352) 294-1492
ARCH 460

Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1996
M.C.P., Community Planning, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1988
M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1982
A.B., History, Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, 1979

Areas of Focus:
Sustainability (Built Environment Resilience, Renewable Energy, Smart Buildings/Cities)
Her research focuses on the coordination of transportation and land use, with a particular focus on planning for sustainable modes of transportation, and its impact on communities, the environment, and public health. Her current research is on the impact of school siting, school transportation and land development patterns on children’s travel, transportation and aging, the changing pattern of travel among millennials, impacts of new transportation technologies on transportation systems, parking supply and demand management, equity in planning, and the incorporation of risk into long-range transportation planning

Bio:
Ruth L. Steiner, Ph.D. is a professor and director of the Center for Health and the Built Environment in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and an affiliate faculty in the
School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) and the Transportation Institute (UFTI) at the University of Florida.   Her research focuses on the coordination of transportation and land use, with a particular focus on planning for all modes of transportation and its impact on communities, the environment, and public health.  Her current research is on the impact of school siting, school transportation and land development patterns on children’s travel, transportation and aging, the changing pattern of travel among millennials, impacts of new transportation technologies on transportation systems, equity in planning, and the incorporation of risk into long-range transportation planning.  She is co-author of Energy Efficiency and Human Activity: Global Trends and Prospects (Cambridge University Press, 1992) and author of over one hundred book chapters, journal articles, reviews and research reports.  She has served on the Pedestrian Committee, Transportation and Land Development Committee and Transportation History Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the Scientific Committee of the World Congress on Transportation Research Society (WCTRS).

She teaches courses in Transportation Policy and Planning (URP6716), Transportation and Land Use Coordination (URP6711), Planning Research Design (URP6203), Health and the Built Environment (URP6526), Urban Planning Project (URP6341) and Ecological Issues in Sustainable Design (DCP6205).

After earning her AB in History from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, Ruth worked as a computer programmer and systems analyst for First Wisconsin Bank (now a part of US Bank).  During this time she earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.  She later earned a Masters of City Planning (MCP) from the University of California, Berkeley.  She then worked for two years as a policy analyst for the Vermont Public Service Board (now the Vermont Public Utility Commission).  She returned to the University of California, Berkeley, where she completed her Ph. D. in City and Regional Planning.

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