UrbanPlan is a project-based learning curriculum unit for high schools and universities. Bringing together disciplines such as economics, city government, real estate and urban planning, UrbanPlan engages students to consider the myriad of complex decisions that shape our built environment.



UrbanPlan is an academically challenging classroom-based curriculum that gives high school and university students an opportunity to discover how market and non-market forces in their community effect what can be approved, financed, built and tenanted.

The UrbanPlan committee enables the success of the program by working closely with high school educators and universities, growing the volunteer base, and evaluating and improving the curriculum.

Outcomes Students learn the essence of development: how the forces of our market economy clash and collaborate with the non-market forces of our representative democracy to create the built environment – providing the foundation required for any informed land use discussion.

Objective: High School Create a more sophisticated level of discourse at the local level, where land use decisions are really made, through the education of tomorrow’s voters, neighbors, colleagues & public officials.

Objective: University Create more sophisticated and effective land use professionals: developers, planners, architects, investors and policy makers entering the profession.

Target Audience In a high school, the curriculum unit is best in high school economics classes with juniors and seniors. For universities, graduate students with a focus in land use: MBA, architecture, planning, and law.

Impact UrbanPlan has reached more than 40,000 high school and university students across the country since 2003.

More ULI members, including trustees, governors and product council members, participate in UrbanPlan than any other national or local ULI program.

UrbanPlan Schools in North Florida

UrbanPlan in North Florida spans from Tallahassee to Jacksonville in 6 high schools and one university. Below is a list of our UrbanPlan schools and teachers:

Florida State University, Tallahassee
Professors: Ryan Dietz & Lindsay Stevens

Bishop Kenny High School, Jacksonville
Teacher: Scott Thompson

Episcopal School of Jacksonville
Teacher: Perry Walthour

Leon High School, Tallahassee
Teacher: Amanda Geiger

Maclay School, Tallahassee
Teacher: Stephanie McCann

Nease High School, Ponte Vedra Beach
Teacher: H. A. Smith

UrbanPlan Chairs

Jacksonville Co-Chairs

Dan Jackson, CenterState Bank
Patrick Johnson, Regency Centers
Kathryn McKie, Regency Centers

Tallahassee Co-Chairs

Jason Lichtstein, Akerman LLP
Bonnie Davenport, BKJ Architecture

UrbanPlan in the News

Jacksonville Business Journal.