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Time: 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. *In-person event
Location:AUP 170 at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning: 2131 E Hartford Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211

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Charles Causier Memorial Lecture

The 2024 Charles Causier Memorial Lecture, “Emerging Trends in Planning,” presentation by Dr. Petra Hurtado, Director of Research and Foresight at the American Planning Association, and Dr. Sagar Shah, Planning and Community Health Center Manager at the American Planning Association.

This lecture is Sponsored by the Charles Causier Memorial Fund.

Lecture Summary

Join two national planning researchers to learn about trends in AI, food development, the Metaverse, Upside Down Economy, housing trends, and more.

Every year, the American Planning Association publishes a report detailing emerging trends in the planning profession. The report addresses the future of planning, explaining how the planning profession will have to evolve to keep up with a continuously changing world, what new skills planners will have to develop, and which new tools are worth trying. In this lecture, two authors of the 2024 Trend Report for Planners, Dr. Petra Hurtado and Dr. Sagar Shah, will discuss these trends and will explore how planners can use them as input for their long-range and current planning processes, to practice strategic foresight during community visioning processes, for scenario planning, or simply to inform future decision-making. Dr. Hurtado and Dr. Shah will also discuss upskilling and share examples of the kinds of skills planners need to learn (and tools to learn them) to adapt to trends and changes in the profession and beyond.


Petra Hurtado is the Director of Research and Foresight at the American Planning Association, where she heads APA’s research programs and foresight practice. In this role, she is responsible for expanding a future-focused research agenda, advancing planning practices that assist communities in navigating change, and developing APA’s foresight practice to inform APA’s strategic governance. Prior to joining APA, she worked as an advisor, planner, researcher, and educator in the global urban sustainability arena. Petra has authored and co-authored multiple books, research papers, publicly funded reports, and articles and has presented as a keynote speaker at numerous conferences around the globe. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and at the Vienna University of Technology. Additionally, she has been a guest lecturer at Harvard GSD, Virginia Tech, Universidad Tecnologica de Bolivar, among other universities. Petra has a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and a Master in Urban Planning from the Vienna University of Technology, and she earned a bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Vienna. Her areas of expertise and research include strategic foresight, urban futures, urban sustainability, smart cities, emerging technologies, nature-based solutions, and environmental psychology.

Sagar Shah is the Planning and Community Health Center Manager at the American Planning Association, where he leads applied research projects connecting urban planning and public health. In his role, he creates tools, training, and educational materials to help planning practitioners integrate health and equity into their planning practice. His research interest includes investigating the role planners can play in creating healthy communities with emphasis on health equity. In addition to research, he has a passion for data analysis and teaching. Prior to his current role, Sagar served as a Research Associate in Planning and Community Health at the APA. Dr. Shah holds a PhD in Regional Development Planning from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s degree in Planning from the University of Southern California, and he earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli.

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