Our mission is to make urban planning skills affordable and accessible.

The Planetizen Courses mission is to make urban planning skills affordable and accessible.

We accomplish these goals  by collaborating with leading professionals and instructors to create high quality video courses, available online, anytime, anywhere.

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What is Planetizen?

Planning: A professional practice and an academic study focused on the future of built environments and connected natural environments—from the smallest towns to the largest cities and everything in between.

Planetizen: The independent resource for people passionate about planning and related fields.

Meet the Team

Chris Steins

Chris Steins

Executive Producer

Abhijeet Chavan

Abhijeet Chavan

Executive Producer

James Brasuell

James Brasuell

Managing Editor

Olga Serhijchuk

Olga Serhijchuk

Product Manager

José Ramirez

José Ramirez

Creative Lead

Gergely Lekli

Gergely Lekli

Infrastructure

Cate Miller

Cate Miller

Operations Manager

Cathy Hwang

Cathy Hwang

QA and Support

Jill Lasak

Jill Lasak

Lead Developer

Evan Salzbrenner

Evan Salzbrenner

Front-End Developer

Ron Golan

Ron Golan

System Administrator

Our Story

Planetizen started offering courses in 2006 to provide written guides for the AICP exam. Shortly after, we started experimenting with video lectures.

Our students loved the videos and asked us to offer videos on a broader range of topics, so Planetizen Courses was born! Students and professionals report watching the videos on transit, during their morning coffee, or during a lunch break.

When we started recording videos, we stuck a sheet over a file cabinet in the conference room when it wasn’t being used, and borrowed a couple office lamps to add some light. Over the last couple years, we’ve grown into fancy video equipment and a swanky green screen video studio in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles.

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Planetizen started offering courses in 2006 to provide written guides for the AICP exam. Shortly after, we started experimenting with video lectures. Today, we have a full-time team with professional video editors, and release several new courses each month.

But in all this time, one thing hasn’t changed: We’re committed to making urban planning skills affordable and accessible.

If you’re a Planetizen Courses subscriber and visiting Los Angeles, feel free to swing by! We can give you a tour of the video studio, and maybe grab some a delicious Korean lunch.

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