Our vision is to be a national leader in educating skilled, engaged planners and creating vibrant, sustainable communities.
Our Mission and Values
Inspired by our setting in the downtown of a thriving urban center in the dynamic Rocky Mountain region, our mission is to:
Teach our students the knowledge, skills, and values they need to be confident, principled, and visionary planners, using Colorado as our classroom to engage students in real-world, experiential learning.
Advance the field of planning through insightful, relevant research that directly informs policy and design, and improves our built, natural, and social environments.
Serve as a vital resource for communities and professionals, and help develop sustainable solutions to our region’s complex planning challenges.
Seven core values inspire all the work we do:
We believe planners must be visionary in their work, politically engaged, and articulate proponents for positive change.
We believe planners must understand and value the principles and perspectives of allied disciplines that participate in planning and city building.
We believe students should learn planning by interacting directly with professionals and the public to solve real-world planning challenges.
We believe that planning research and practice should be rooted in critical thinking, appropriate methods, and rigorous analysis for developing evidence-based solutions.
We believe our program should serve as a resource for planning professionals and the public by offering ideas, solutions, research, advocacy, and inspiration.
We believe planning must strive to create the most just and equitable processes and outcomes for historically marginalized, underrepresented, and disenfranchised individuals and communities.
We believe planning must be based on the principles of economic viability, environmental resiliency, and social equity.
The CU On the Air Podcast recently talked to representatives of the University Technical Assistance program, or UTA, a unique collaboration between a Colorado Center for Community Development in the College of Architecture and Planning at CU Denver, and a division of local government within the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, or DOLA.