Ann Forsyth spoke at Taubman College as part of the 2018-2019 Lecture Series. Ann Forsyth is a Professor of Urban Planning and Director of the Masters in Urban Planning Program at Harvard.
Forsyth specializes in the social aspects of physical planning examining innovative planning and design in suburban areas and healthy places. She has published six books including the recent China’s Urban Communities: Concepts, Contexts, and Well-being (2016, Birkhauser, with P. Rowe and H.Y. Kan), Creating Healthy Neighborhoods: Evidence-based Planning and Design Strategies (2017, APA Planners Press/Routledge, with E. Salomon and L. Smead), and the forthcoming edited book Towards 21st Century New Towns: Past, Present, Prospects (2019, Penn Press, with R. Pesier). Forsyth has written over 170 articles, reviews, and chapters in planning, geography, health, and design including 80 refereed articles, and has developed a number of planning tools—from participatory methods and surveys to GIS protocols. Forsyth has won awards, honors, and fellowships for professional and research work including awards from the American Planning Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, Environmental Design Research Association, Planning Institute of Australia, and Association of European Schools of Planning. She has a BSc(Honors) in Architecture from the University of Sydney, an MA in Urban Planning from UCLA, and a PhD from Cornell.