Curriculum Vitae

REID EWING portrait
  • Director of the Metropolitan Research Center-, University of Utah
  • Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah
  • Coordinator of the Doctoral Program, City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah



  • B.S. 1970, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
  • M.S. 1971, Engineering and Applied Physics, Harvard University
  • M.C.P 1973, City and Regional Planning, Harvard University
  • Ph.D. 1978, Urban Planning and Transportation Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Honors & Awards

  • Best Article of 2010 in the Journal of the American Planning Association. American Planning Association, 04/2011
  • Reappointed as Associate Editor. Journal of the American Planning Association, 2010
  • Member LP Technical Advisory Group. U.S. Green Building Council, 2009
  • Academic Fellow. Urban Land Institute, 2009


Reid Ewing, Ph.D., is a Professor of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah, associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association, columnist for Planning magazine, and Fellow of the Urban Land Institute. Earlier in his career, he was director of the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University and research professor at the National Center for Smart Growth.  He served two terms in the Arizona legislature, and worked on urban policy issues at the Congressional Budget Office. He holds masters degrees in Engineering and City Planning from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Transportation Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 


His most recent books are Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change, written for EPA and published by the Urban Land Institute, and U.S. Traffic Calming Manual, co-published by the American Planning Association and American Society of Civil Engineers.  He has two upcoming books, Pedestrian- and Transit-Oriented Design, for the American Planning Association, and Measuring Urban Design Qualities, for Island Press. 


His 2010 article on “Travel and Built Environment: A Meta-Analysis” won the Best Article of the Year award from the American Planning Association (APA).  His study of sprawl and obesity, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, received more national media coverage than any planning study before or since, reaching an estimated 41 million Americans.  It was the most widely cited academic paper in the Social Sciences as of late 2005, according to Essential Science Indicators.  His book for the American Planning Association, Best Development Practices, is listed by APA as one of the 100 essential planning books in the past 100 years. His 1997 article on “Is Los Angeles-Style Sprawl Desirable?” is listed by APA as a Classic Article in urban planning.


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