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



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

Honors & Awards

  • “A Longitudinal Study of Changes in Urban Sprawl Between 2000 and 2010 in the United States,” Landscape and Urban Planning, 2014, published on-line first (with S. Hamidi). Winner of the first annual Weddle Prize . Landscape and Urban Planning, 02/2015
  • 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, and columnist for Planning magazine, writing the bi-monthly column Research You Can Use. Earlier in his career, he was director of the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, research professor at the National Center for Smart Growth, state representative from northwest Tucson, and analyst at the Congressional Budget Office.  He holds master’s 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. 

Ewing's work is aimed at planning practitioners. Ewing’s eight books include Pedestrian and Transit Oriented Design, just co-published by the Urban Land Institute and American Planning Association; Growing Cooler – Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change, published by the Urban Land Institute; and Best Development Practices, listed by the American Planning Association (APA) as one of the 100 “essential” books in planning over the past 100 years. 

His 100 peer reviewed articles include “Travel and the Built Environment: A Meta-Analysis,” given the 2010 Best Article of the Year award by APA; "Relationship Between Urban Sprawl and Physical Activity, Obesity, and Morbidity," the most widely cited academic paper in the Social Sciences as of late 2005, according to Essential Science Indicators; and “Is Los Angeles-Style Sprawl Desirable?” listed by APA as a Classic Article in urban planning. A recent citation analysis by Virginia Tech found that Ewing’s work is the fifth most highly cited among 1,100 planning academics in the U.S. and Canada. He has two of the 10 most highly cited articles in the 80-year history of the Journal of the American Planning Association.

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