Department of Physical Planning

Being one of the pioneering institutions of the country in the fields of planning and architecture, the School of Planning and Architecture Delhi took the lead in establishing the first ever Bachelor of Planning programme in the country in 1989. The programme today has wide recognition in academia as well as industry as one of the premier undergraduate courses in Planning. Planning as an important local and state government function is highly dynamic. The process of globalisation and the associated economic, urban and governance reforms, technological advancements in ICT, AI, Big Data, among others have changed perspectives on concepts, methods, tools deployed in planning and management of cities and regions. Further, the current millennium has impressed upon us more than ever the significance of sustainable and equitable communities, societies, and settlements.

Over the last three decades, the programme has evolved significantly in consonance with these challenges of ever-dynamic global and local contexts that influence and shape human settlements. It has also focused significantly on equipping students with the latest technological trends and tools. This four-year course trains students in multifarious and cross-cutting aspects vital to understanding planning in a comprehensive, holistic, and responsible manner. The programme is divided into eight semesters with a specific focus designed for each year. A balanced mix of eight studios and field-based exercises, around forty theory subjects from wide range of disciplines and two internships of six weeks duration each makes it a multidisciplinary and comprehensive programme in the field of human settlements planning. In addition to technical skills, the programme also imparts other professional skills like team work, problem solving as well as visual and verbal communication skills.

In addition to undergraduate planning program, the Department has started an Integrated B. Planning - M. Planning in 2019. In line with the National Education Policy, this is the first Integrated Programme in Planning in India. The additional one year of the programme focusses in the areas of climate change, urban and regional finance, public policy and governance. Our graduates work in diverse organizations in public, private and the third sector, providing services in the fields of urban and regional planning, housing, transportation, design, etc.