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Clarkson Chair Planning Research Guide: 2018 Clarkson Chair: Ann Forsyth

Ann Forsyth


Trained in planning and architecture, Ann Forsyth is a professor of urban planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. From 2007-2012 she was a professor of city and regional planning at Cornell. She taught previously at at the University of Minnesota, directing the Metropolitan Design Center (2002-2007), Harvard (1999-2002), and the University of Massachusetts (1993-1999) where she was co-director of a small community design center, the Urban Places Project. She has held short-term positions at Columbia, Macquarie, and Sydney Universities.


2018 Forthcoming, S. Balakrishnan and A. Forsyth. Qualitative Research Methods. In S. Guhathakurta, N. Green Leigh, S.P. French, and B.S. Stiftel . International Handbook on Planning Education. New York: Routledge

2017 Forthcoming, A. Forsyth. Evidence-based Practice: Challenges in a Changing World. In T. Beatley, C. Jones, and R. Rainey eds, Healthy Environments, Healing Spaces: Current Practices and Future Directions in Health, City Planning, and Design. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press.

2017 H.Y. Kan, A. Forsyth, and P.Rowe. Redesigning China’s Superblock Neighborhoods: Policies, Opportunities, and Challenges. Journal of Urban Design (place Delivery+ request)

2017 A. Forsyth, E. Salomon, and L. Smead. Creating Healthy Neighborhoods: Evidence-based Planning and Design Strategies. Chicago: APA Planners Press/Routledge

2016 P. Rowe, A. Forsyth, and Har Ye Kan. China’s Urban Communities: Concepts, Contexts, and Well-being. Berlin: Birkhäuser.

2016 A. Forsyth, C. Brennan, N. Escobedo, and M. Scott. Revitalizing Places: Improving Housing and Neighborhoods from Block to Metropolis/Revitalizando Ciudades: Mejorando Viviendas y Barrios desde la Cuadra a la Metrópolis. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Graduate School of Design. In English and Spanish.

2015 A. Forsyth and J.M. Oakes. Cycling, the Built Environment, and Health: Results of a Midwestern Study. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation 15, 1: 49-58.

2015 A. Forsyth. What is a Walkable Place? The Walkability Debate in Urban Design. Urban Design International 20, 4: 274-292.

2015 A. Forsyth, M. Wall, T. Choo, N. Larson, D. Van Riper, D. Neumark-Sztainer. Perceived and Police-Reported Neighborhood Crime: Linkages to Adolescent Activity Behaviors and Weight Status. Journal of Adolescent Health 57, 2: 222-228.

2015 A. Forsyth. Holistic Planning. Harvard Design Magazine. 40: 7.

2014 A. Forsyth and M. Oakes. Workplace Neighborhoods, Walking, Physical Activity, Weight Status, and Perceived Health. Transportation Research Record. 2452: 98-104.

2014 J.M. Berge., M. Wall., N. Larson, A. Forsyth, K. W. Bauer, D. Neumark-Sztainer. Youth Dietary Intake and Weight Status: Healthful Neighborhood Food Environments Enhance the Protective role of Supportive Family Home Environments. Health and Place 26: 69-77.

2014 A. Forsyth. Global Suburbia and the Transition Century. Urban Design International, 19. 4: 259-273.

2014 A. Forsyth. Alternative Forms of the High Technology District: Corridors, Clumps, Cores, Campuses, Subdivisions, and Sites. Environment and Planning C 32, 5: 809-823

2014 A. Forsyth. Compromised or Savvy? Achievable Norms in Urban Design. Journal of Urban Design 19, 1: 44-46