NAN ELLIN portrait
  • Leadership Fellow, Office of Associate VP of Academic Affairs, University of Utah
  • Chair, Dept of City & Metropolitan Planning, City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah



  • B.A. 1981, Anthropology and Hispanic Studies, Bryn Mawr College
  • M.A. 1983, Anthropology, Columbia University
  • Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) 1994, Urban Planning, Columbia University
  • Ph.D. 1994, Urban Planning, Columbia University. Project: In Search of a Usable Past: Urban Design in a French New Town

Honors & Awards

  • Leadership Fellowship. Office of the Senior VP of Academic Affairs, University of Utah, 09/2014
  • 2011-12 Honors Professorship, University of Utah. Honors College, University of Utah, 05/2011
  • 2011 President’s Award for Sustainability, “The Future of Phoenix – Crafting Sustainable Development Strategies,” ASU, ASU, 03/2011
  • Honorable Mention for Canalscape Workshop. Arizona APA, 11/2010
  • Official Arizona Centennial Legacy Projet. Governor's Centennial Commission, 11/2009
  • Grant for Canalscape Exhibition. Arizona Humanities Council, 07/2009
  • Green Phoenix Designation for Canalscape. Mayor's Office, City of Phoenix, 05/2009
  • Contemporary Catalyst Nominee. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 04/2009
  • Environmental Excellence Award of Merit for Making Sustainable Communities Happen. Valley Forward, 04/2008
  • Distinguished Research Award. School of Public Affairs at ASU, 05/2007
  • President's Medal for Social Embeddedness for New American City Exhibition. ASU, 05/2007
  • Power Player Award. Phoenix Business Journal, 03/2007
  • Contribution to Town Planning award for Postmodern Urbanism (translated into Serbo-Croatian). Republics of former Yugoslavia, 05/2002

In the Media

  • Interviewed by Kylan Rice on BYU Radio (Sirius XM, Channel 143) about Tactical and Good Urbanism. 08/12/2013.
  • Interviewed by Charlene Spretnak for PRN.FM about Good Urbanism, 40-minutes (live). 02/28/2013.
  • Interviewed by Jennifer Napier-Pearce about Good Urbanism, KCPW, 40-minutes (live). 12/18/2012.
  • Interviewed for KRCL with student Mike Lynch about Salt Lake City Workshop project. 12/15/2012.
  • Interviewed on KSL 5 News Today about Place Deficit Disorder article written for Imperfect Health ("Your City Your Self"). 02/15/2012.
  • Interviewed On KSL 5 News Today, about Place Deficit Disorder article. 02/15/2012.
  • “Now Open: 9 Line Trail Linking Salt Lake City West to East,” Red Thread, University of Utah, . 11/07/2011.
  • “City Planning Expert Visits Vancouver,” Consulate of the US. 09/19/2011.
  • “U Students ‘Drive’ Rail to Trail Project, Linking West and East SLC,” Red Thread, 06/27/2011.
  • “Canalscape: A Sustainable Urban Desert for Metro Phoenix” by Diane Brossart, Guest post for Vanishing Phoenix. 06/18/2011.
  • “Ellin Leaves ASU for Utah,” in Business Journal (Phoenix, Dallas, Milwaukee, and Boston), June 11, 2010. 06/11/2010.
  • “Canalscape Exhibit on Campus,” Gateway on the Move, Spring 2010. 05/15/2010.
  • Book Review of Integral Urbanism, Stephen Goldsmith, Journal of American Planning Association (JAPA), March 2010. 03/15/2010.
  • “Nan Ellin: Place Healer” by Deborah Sussman Susser, Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, January 29, 2010. 01/29/2010.


  • French, fluent.
  • Spanish, fluent.