Dr. Steven P. French, dean and John Portman Chair in the College of Design at Georgia Tech announced on May 31, 2018, that Dr. Subhrajit Guhathakurta has been named the new chair in the School of City and Regional Planning. The appointment will take effect July 1, 2018.
Dr. Guhathakurta joined Georgia Tech in July 2011 as a professor of City and Regional Planning and the director of the Center for Geographic Information Systems (which was recently renamed the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization). He teaches courses on urban simulation and geographic information systems as well as urban and regional theory.
Before coming to Georgia Tech, Dr. Guhathakurta served as the associate director in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University (ASU). During his time at ASU, Guhathakurta was a founding faculty member in ASU’s School of Sustainability, developed the Urban Modeling and Simulation Lab and led research in the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation. He was also a Senior Sustainability Scientist.
Guthathakurta maintains an active research program that applies advanced urban modeling and simulation techniques to investigate a range of sustainable urban development problems. Through his research, he is developing the computational infrastructure to help understand and promote more sustainable urban growth.
His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, US Department of Transportation, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, as well as numerous state and local agencies. He recently completed a five-year term as the co-editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, one of the leading journals in urban planning.
“Dr. Guhathakurta is well positioned to lead the School of City and Regional Planning. He has the knowledge and skills necessary to build a planning curriculum that is attuned to the challenges of the 21st century,” said Dean French.
As the chair in the School of City and Regional Planning, Guhathakurta aims to focus on training a new generation of planners that are equipped to address complex urban problems at the confluence of multiple social and global trends.
“We are entering into an era in which communities across the globe are strengthening their connections to the global flows of capital, goods, ideas, technologies, and values, while at the same time facing a host of growing challenges that threaten the basic fabric of society and the environment,” Guhathakurta said.
“At Georgia Tech we have designed programs that prepare planners to be at the frontlines in the effort to build resilient and sustainable communities across the globe. I am particularly eager to develop avenues for students to gain deep knowledge of the socioeconomic context of planning, together with a wide range of locally and globally applied technical and communicative skills.”
“The Georgia Tech brand of planners should stand out not just in their commitment to a just and sustainable world but also in their savvy use of problem-solving skills that engage people and cutting-edge technologies.”
Guhuthakurta received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning in 1991 from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds a Master of Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Jadavpur University, in Kolkata, India.