Conference 2015


Society for American City & Regional Planning History
Millenium Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles, California
November 5-8, 2015

Welcome to SACRPH’s 16th National Conference on Planning History! Our conference included a pre-conference tour, plenary session, and reception on Thursday, November 5th, followed by panels and roundtables, a Presidential address, publishing workshops for journals and university presses, a poster session, and a book exhibit on Friday and Saturday, November 6th and 7th. We concluded with walking and bus tours on Sunday, November 8th.

The conference registration fee included all of the above sessions, plus breakfasts, lunches, and catered evening receptions. Graduate students were invited to a additional reception on Friday night. Single-day registration options were also available.

Please follow the links below to find out more details. You can also connect with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to share ideas, photos and otherwise stay up-to-date on conference-related happenings and discussions.

Conference Links

Schedule Tours
Program and Abstracts
Local Information
Registration Guidelines for Presenters
Hotel For Students
Transportation Call for Papers (closed)

AICP Certificate Maintenance Credits

Attendees of the 2015 SACRPH Conference will be eligible for Certificate Maintenance (CM) credits. See the conference program for further details.

Sponsors and Patrons

For helping to make the 16th National Conference on Planning History possible, SACRPH wishes to thank the following contributors and institutional supporters:

Arroyo Parkway Planner ($5,000 or more)

University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy
Gilmore Associates

Sunset Boulevard Cruiser ($2,500-$4,999)

Hunter College, the School of Arts and Sciences and the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute
University of North Texas, Department of Art Education and Art History, College of Visual Arts and Design

Mulholland Motorist ($1,000-$2,499)

Merry Ovnick
David Sloane
California State University, Northridge, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
University of Southern California, School of Architecture, Heritage Conservation Program
California State Polytechnic, Pomona, College of Environmental Design
Architectural Resources Group

Spring Street Cyclist ($500-$999)

Steve Preston
University of California, Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs

LA River Kayaker ($250-$499)

Mintier Harnish
Tamara Morgenstern
Walter Greason, International Center for Metropolitan Growth
Taylor and Frances

Pacific Coast Surfer ($100-$249)

University of Chicago
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Historical Resources Group
Library of American Landscape History
University of Chicago
A Garvin
S Evabs
D Smiley

The following members and volunteers contributed their time and expertise to the planning effort:

Program Committee

Matthew Lasner, Hunter College (Co-Chair)
Paula Lupkin, University of North Texas (Co-Chair)
Alexander Von Hoffman, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Becky Nicolaides, University of California, Los Angeles
Emily Mieras, Stetson University
Gail Dubrow, University of Oregon
Katie Schank, George Washington University
Kenny R Cupers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lynette Boswell Washington, Baltimore City Public Schools
Randall F. Mason, University of Pennsylvania
Richard Longstreth, George Washington University
Sanjeev Vidyarthi, University of Illinois at Chicago
Stephanie Webster Ryberg, Cleveland State University
Steven Moga, Smith College
Willow Lung Amam, University of Maryland
Elizabeth S. Macdonald, University of California, Berkeley

Local Arrangements Committee

Meredith Drake Reitan, University of Southern California
Victoria Bernal, @LAHistory
Emily Bills, Woodbury University
Greg Fischer, LA1781, Inc.
Todd Gish, University of Southern California
Katie Horak, Architectural Resources Group
Holly Kane, University of Southern California
Kathy Kolnick, University of Southern California
Merry Ovnick, California State University, Northridge
Steve Preston, City of San Gabriel
Marsha V. Rood, Urban Reinventions
Trudi Sandmeier, University of Southern California
Ann Scheid, University of Southern California
David Sloane, University of Southern California
Ana Maria Whitaker, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


Regarding local arrangements, contact: Meredith Drake Reitan
Regarding sponsorship opportunities, contact: David Sloane
Regarding volunteering, contact Merry Ovnick
Regarding the conference program, contact:
Regarding SACRPH or the website, contact the Webmaster

Past Conferences

SACRPH holds a national conference every two years. The conference provides a forum for historians and planners to present current papers as well as to attend workshops on current planning history topics. The conference also features in-depth tours and workshops on historical and contemporary planning issues in the host city.

2013 – Toronto, Canada

2011 – Baltimore, MD

2009 – Oakland, CA
2007 – Portland, ME
2005 – Miami, FL
2003 – St. Louis, MO
2001 – Philadelphia, PA & Camden, NJ
1999 – Washington, DC
1997 – Seattle, WA
1995 – Knoxville, TN
1993 – Chicago, IL
1991 – Richmond, VA
1989 – Cincinnati, OH
1987 – Columbus, OH
1986 – Columbus, OH