Richard Willson

Richard Willson is a professor and chair in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Dr. Willson's research addresses parking policy, climate change planning, land/use transportation relationships, travel demand management, and transit-oriented development. His book Parking Reform Made Easy was published by Island Press in June 2013 and will be followed by Parking Management for Smart Growth in 2015, also by Island Press. Dr. Willson 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 holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Masters of Planning from the University of Southern California, a Bachelor’s of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.  

Courses taught by Richard Willson

Early Career Strategies for Successful Planning Practice

This course is for planners with a few years of practice under their belts and looking to become more effective in their careers and derive greater satisfaction from their work.

60 Mins

Launching (and Relaunching) Your Planning Career

The planning profession offers many types of work in support of important public objectives, so planners face many choices about launching and re-launching their careers. This course is based on the idea that planners are most effective when their jobs are well-matched with their characteristics and goals. We will discuss everything that a prospective or junior planner needs to know to chart a fulfilling career.

62 Mins

Parking Reform Made Easy

Reforming minimum parking requirements is one of the most effective ways to support Smart Growth. This course explains the many problems created by the parking regulation status quo before presenting a process for reform, providing examples of parking management tools, and discussing strategies for dealing with political and stakeholder issues.

72 Mins