Instructor Information

Richard Willson PhD, FAICP, Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona

Dr. Willson is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona. Dr. Willson is an expert on transportation planning, parking supply and management, and climate change planning. His 2013 book, Parking Reform Made Easy, provides a method for reforming minimum parking requirement. Parking Management for Smart Growth (2015) provides a strategic approach to parking management in the context of a sharing economy. He approaches parking reform from a pragmatic standpoint of seeking improvement from each community's starting point. This melding of technical, administrative, and political aspects is highlighted in his most recent book, Reflective Planning Practice: Theory, Cases, and Methods (2021), which includes two case studies based on his parking consulting practice.
Dr. Willson consults on parking issues with regional and local agencies such as the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, local cities, and developers of urban infill projects. Dr. Willson holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

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