Richard Willson

Department of Urban Regional Planning
(909) 869-2701
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Dr. Richard Willson FAICP is a Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Dr. Willson's research addresses parking policy, climate change planning, land/use transportation relationships, travel demand management, transit-oriented development, planning theory, and professional development. His book Parking Reform Made Easy was published by Island Press in June 2013 and was followed by Parking Management for Smart Growth in 2015. His latest book, A Guide for the Idealist: Launching and Navigating Your Planning Career, will be published by Routledge in Fall 2017. Blog posts on that subject are available on the link below.

Dr. Willson's research has appeared in the Journal of the American Planning Association, Transportation, Regional Science and Urban Economics, and others. In addition, he consults with regional and local agencies, such as the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, local cities, and developers of urban infill projects. Prior to his academic career, he was a transportation planner for the City of Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency.

Dr. Willson received a Bachelor of Environment Studies in Planning from the University of Waterloo, ON, a Masters of Planning from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, CA. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the recipient of the 2015 Provost Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity.

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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, Urban and Regional Planning
University of Waterloo
Master of Planning
University of Southern California
Ph.D. in Urban Planning
University of California, Los Angeles
Willson, Richard W. Parking Reform Made Easy. Washington DC: Island Press, 2013.
Willson, Richard W. Parking Management for Smart Growth. Washington DC: Island Press, 2015.