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Allan Jacobs

Allan B. Jacobs is an urban designer, renowned for his publications and research on urban design. His well-known paper "Towards an Urban Design Manifesto", written with Donald Appleyard, describes how cities should be laid out.

Prior to teaching at Berkeley, Professor Jacobs taught at the University of Pennsylvania, and worked on planning projects in the City of Pittsburgh and for the Ford Foundation in Calcutta, India, and spent eight years as Director of the San Francisco Department of City Planning. Honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Berkeley Citation, and the Kevin Lynch Award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jacobs taught in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley from 1975 until 2001, teaching courses in city planning and urban design and serving twice as the department's chair. He is currently a Professor emeritus. He is currently a consultant in city planning and urban design with projects in California, Oregon, and Brazil, among others.


  • Education 1
  • Notable works 2
  • Honors 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Jacobs earned a Bachelor of Architecture, cum laude, from Miami University and a master's degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1954. He then attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

From 1954 to 1955, Jacobs was studying city planning as a Fulbright Scholar at University College London.

Jacobs is currently married to one of his former students at the University of California, Elizabeth Macdonald.

Notable works

  • The Urban Design Element of the San Francisco General Plan
  • "Toward an Urban Design Manifesto" Working Paper published 1982; republished with a prologue in the Journal of the American Planning Association, 1987.
  • Making City Planning Work (1980)
  • Looking at Cities (1985)
  • Great Streets (1995)
  • The Boulevard Book (2003) with Elizabeth MacDonald and Yodan Rofe
  • The Good City: Reflections and Imaginations (2011)


  • Kevin Lynch Award, presented at MIT's "Imaging the City" symposium, 1999.
  • AIA Excellence in Education Award, California Chapter, 1994
  • Resident in Architecture, American Academy in Rome, 1996
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 1982
  • Fulbright Scholar


  • Allan B. Jacobs, Project for Public Spaces.
  • Allan B. Jacobs bio, Bruner Foundation.
  • Allan Jacobs bio, City of Calgary (Alberta, Canada).
  • Allan Jacobs, University of California, Berkeley.

External links

  • College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Barry, Sean. "Speakers Envision Downtown's Future", The Daily Californian, January 19, 2006.

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