SPDC welcomes Teaching Specialist Barbara Andersen to the Urban & Regional Planning program

Teaching Specialist Barbara Andersen will teach urban and regional planning courses, and some landscape architecture design studios.

Photo of Barbara Andersen.
Barbara Andersen, teaching specialist in urban & regional planning.

This fall, the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) welcomes Teaching Specialist Barbara Andersen, Ph.D., to the Urban & Regional Planning program.

Andersen joins us from Central Michigan University where she was teaching urban planning and environmental geography. Other places she has taught urban planning include Ball State University, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and Dalhousie University.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Iowa State University, a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a doctorate in environmental science from the University of Idaho.

During her academic career, Andersen has taught a wide spectrum of urban planning and landscape architecture courses, including land use planning, center city revitalization, transportation planning, environmental planning, and site planning courses. 

Andersen’s research and teaching interests include environmental planning, urban planning history and theory, and community-based planning and design.

At MSU, she will teach urban and regional planning courses, and some landscape architecture design studios.

Andersen is the recipient of several awards, including the 2009 Community Food Security Coalition scholarship, the 2008 Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative scholarship and the 1985 Landscape Architecture Program Fellowship from the University of Minnesota.

Apart from teaching, she has worked at public nonprofits, including as Public Transportation Planning & Policy Manager with the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Clean Energy Organizer with the Iowa Environmental Council. She also consulted with the Land Use Planning Group at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

“I am very glad to be joining the SPDC faculty to teach about urban and regional planning,” said Barbara Andersen.

Please join us in welcoming Barbara Andersen to Michigan State University and the School of Planning, Design and Construction!

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