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Planning the future, OU Regional & City Planning

The University of Oklahoma Division of Regional and City Planning faculty prepare students to address the challenges that face the cities, towns and rural areas  in Oklahoma and nationally.

The OU RCPL program, founded in 1947, is one of the oldest programs west of the Mississippi River. Like other divisions within the OU College of Architecture, students also have access to a multidisciplinary learning environment and with a low student-faculty ratio, students work closely with faculty to gain insight from their experience. This focus on communication and experience better prepares graduates for the collaborative work of successful city planning professionals.

RCPL Calendar Fall 2015 - Spring 2016


Please click here for RCPL Calendar

The link is to a pdf of planned activities and deadlines for Regional & City Planning Fall 2015-2016.

Upcoming Events

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January 18th, 2016 - Last Day to Register with no late fees

January 19th - Classes Begin!

March 1st - Spring 2016 Graduates - Final day to file (online) for graduation


February 16th  - Spring 2016 Graduate Candidates take Written Comprehensive Exam




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RCPL Degree Requirements

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RCPL Policies & Forms

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Zambia Studio Summer 2015

RCPL & ARCH Zambia Studio Summer 2015

Zambia Studio Summer 2015

Thanks to a generous gift from OU graduate and architect, Raymond Harris, the College of Architecture hosted its second study abroad program in Zambia, Africa.

Professors John Harris (RCPL) and Dave Boeck (ARC) led the two week immersion experience.  Dean Charles Graham (CNS) and Sarah Little (LA) also participated with the students during their first week in country.

Students who participated in the project included representatives from Planning, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture. The students and faculty worked with Family Legacy to ascertain the housing and schooling needs for those they serve. They conducted focus groups and and photovoice exercises, among other endeavors, to engage the youth in master planning activities.

If you would like to learn more about this endeavor, please reach out to Dr. Harris at

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Summer / Fall 2015 RCPL Newsletter

Please click here for the full Summer/Fall 2015 RCPL Newsletter

Director's Note

Hello Sooner Planners!


We, at the University of Oklahoma, are steadfast in our belief that planning transforms the lives of all we touch. This is why we have made the commitment to work with our students to reach as many communities as possible. While we have always served Oklahoma communities as a part of our Community Planning Studio, the Regional and City Planning faculty has risen to the challenge, envisioning new ways to take their students into the field as a part of the majority of the classes we offer. We believe that applied learning prepares our students for the challenging careers ahead of them, stressing the importance of going beyond the books to learn about planning practice. These activities challenge and invigorate our students!

Practice-based learning provides an interesting platform around which many of the faculty have shaped their research agenda. Bryce Lowery's assessment of food availability is a prime example of this connection, as further described below. This type of applied research is important as we try to grow national knowledge of the types of planning issues that are relevant to the south central region of the United States and, more specifically, Oklahoma.

We've also embraced the opportunity to take our students abroad. John Harris has just returned from taking a second interdisciplinary team of students from the College of Architecture to Zambia, Africa. In this newsletter, Eric Hill, a second-year student in the Master's of Regional and City Planning program, recounts the impact of the experience.

We continue to strive to bring practitioners into the classroom. The Institute for Quality Communities conference brought planning experts from around the world to inspire our students to "think big". The presentations and interactions with these experts were a game-changer for many. OU will host the National Sign Education and Research Conference on Oct. 11 and 12. The Signage Foundation, the champion of the on -premise sign industry, is excited to come to Oklahoma, and seeks to celebrate the state's Route 66 heritage as a part of its theme. You are most welcome to attend and to earn CM credits for your participation.

We are always looking for new opportunities and partners for service learning and research initiatives. Please reach out to me ( or (405) 325-3502) if you would like to explore new frontiers with us.

 Enjoy your summer!

 Dawn Jourdan

Director of the Division of Regional and City Planning 


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Spring 2016 Regional & City Planning Courses

Classes on: Mondays Wednesdays and/or Fridays


RCPL 5970-002 Participatory Planning – Dr. Bryce Lowery

Depth course for Community & Economic Specialization

Mondays 1:30 – 4:10 pm


RCPL 5970-900 Advanced GIS -  Dr. Guoqiang Shen

Depth course for Physical Planning Specialization

Mondays 6:00 – 8:40 pm


RCPL 5522 Community Planning Studio – Dr. John Harris

Mondays – 3:00 – 4:50 pm

Core required course for all RCPL students

This will be a two part studio.  RCPL students are required to complete 5 total credit hours for the studio requirement.  Part one will be 3 credits this fall and part two will be 2 credits in the Spring.


RCPL 5203 Urban Land Use Controls – Dr. Dawn Jourdan

Core required course for all RCPL students

Wednesdays 5:30 – 8:10 pm

RCPL 5513 Subdivision Planning & Site Analysis – Dr. Bryce Lowery

Breadth course for Physical Planning Specialization

Wednesdays 1:30 – 4:10 pm

RCPL 5173 Urban & Regional Analysis – Dr. Charles Warnken

Core required course for all RCPL students

Fridays 9:00 – 11:45 am


Classes on: Tuesdays, Thursdays and/or Saturdays


RCPL 5813 Environmental Planning Methods  – Dr. K. Meghan Wieters

Breadth course for Physical Planning Specialization

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 – 11:45 am


RCPL 5493 Rural & Regional Planning – Dr. K. Meghan Wieters

Depth course for Physical Planning Specialization

Thursdays 4:30 – 7:10 pm

RCPL 5053 Planning Management – Professor Fernando Costa

Core required course for all RCPL students

Saturdays Dates for class: 1/23, 2/13, 3/5, 3/19, 4/16, 4/30

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New Employment Opportunties

Several student employment and internship opportunities, including both Oklahoma City and Tulsa area postings, are available in the Student Resources section.

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