William J. Cohen brings an extensive background as a professional planner and teacher to Temple. His teaching and research focus embraces ecological planning and environmental design. He is a charter member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and in 2010 was elected to the AICP College of Fellows (FAICP).
He entered the professional field of city and regional planning in 1967 and has held several responsible positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. His planning practice career highlights include municipal planning director, founder and principal of a multi-disciplinary private consulting practice, and executive director of a gubernatorial task force that would be the planning, design, and implementation impetus to revitalize the Wilmington, Delaware urban waterfront. In 2002, the Morris Library at the University of Delaware (Special Collections) acquired the William J. Cohen Papers consisting of professional papers, documents, and ephemera covering his planning career from 1967-2001.
Dr. Cohen is the author or co-author of more than 90 technical and professional publications and reports on a variety of planning topics, including general planning and policy analysis, community studies and evaluations, development controls, environmental impact, land use, site suitability, and riverfront planning and development. Most recently, he was the editor of the People, Places, and Environment Reader (McGraw-Hill, 2014) and author of “Private Property and the Takings Issue: Enhancing the Position of Ecological Values in the Supreme Court’s Constitutional Calculus,” Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation (2013). He servedas Principal Academic Advisor and Field Sound Producer for the documentary film, City 21:Multiple Perspectives on Urban Futures (The Knossus Project) and author of the foreword to the companion publication,City 21: The Search for the Second Enlightenment(2010).
He entered academic life in 1978, first as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Geography at the University of Delaware, teaching undergraduate, honors, and graduate courses and seminars. He joined the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Temple University Ambler in 2004 and has continued to combine theoretical concepts with practical applications in courses ranging from introduction to community and regional planning, history and practice of planning, special topics, planning history and theory, and the popular undergraduate course, people, places, and environment.
Dr. Cohen holds the AM, MCP, and PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and prior earned a BA and M.A. from the University of Delaware.
CRP 0807 People, Places and the Environment
CRP 1017 Introduction to Community and Regional Planning