Urban and Regional Planning

What Is Urban and Regional Planning? Why Should I Enroll?

Urban and Regional Planning is an interdisciplinary field that has gained significance due to the problems associated with housing, infrastructure, transportation and the environment that have emerged as a result of industrialization, rapid urbanization and population growth. The objective is to train urban planners with the ability to design aesthetic and organized cities, with the aim of creating healthy, social and individual living spaces, in line with the needs and requests of the people, adopting an approach that puts public interests first and that protects cultural and natural assets.

The curricula are designed to improve the students’ knowledge of different disciplines. Urban planners collaborate with various other disciplines, including those of architecture, environmental design, landscape architecture, urban design, art history, archeology, urban protection, ecology, urban management, human-environment relationship, urban economy, etc.

Some 4 billion of the global population live in cities. According to the United Nations, the urbanized population will account for two-thirds of the global population by 2050. In line with the principle of sustainability, there is a growing need for urban and regional planners with the ability to design more livable spaces.

Why Should I Study Urban and Regional Planning at Cappadocia University?

During the theoretical classes, students studying in the Cappadocia University, Department of Urban and Regional Planning are given in-depth information about planning, and are equipped with the necessary skills for involvement in the urban planning process. During the studio classes, on the other hand, residential areas are analyzed at a town, city and regional scale, and plans are drawn up at various scales. Its geographical location, regional identity, and rich cultural and natural infrastructure provide Cappadocia University with various advantages in terms of urban and regional planning studies. The Cappadocia region serves as a natural laboratory for urban and regional studies. Students in the department have the opportunity to analyze regional human settlements within their cultural and natural environments at various scales from a physical, environmental, socio-cultural and socio-economic point of view, and to follow closely the results of planned and unplanned developments.

Graduate students can advance in the field by enrolling in the Master’s degree program entitled “City, Environment and Local Government”.

What Job Opportunities are Available to Graduates of Urban and Regional Planning?

Upon graduating from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, students can be employed as “Urban Planners” in urban and rural areas, in both the public and private sectors. Those who choose to work in the public sector can find themselves positions at various levels, from high-level state institutions (e.g. the State Planning Organization, Ministries, Governor’s Offices, Development Agencies, etc.) to small-scale municipalities. In the private sector, on the other hand, they may open their own offices for the conducting of planning projects, or work in real estate development and valuation institutions, banks, industrial enterprises, or investment companies.

What Personal Traits Do I Need to Study Urban and Regional Planning?

  • The ability to work in a team,
  • Tridimensional, creative and analytical thinking skills,
  • Good communication skills,
  • Predilection for reading, research and listening,
  • Solution-oriented.

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