Message from Head
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning was established in 1962 under the Faculty of Architecture and Planning, with a Master's Degree in URP. The academic session, however, began with the return of three trained teachers from abroad with eight graduate students in 1968. The first batch of seven planners graduated in 1972. With a short gap between 1973 and 1976, the department kept on educating graduate planners without interruption and produced a total of 136 planners till 1996. With the growing requirements of Governmental and Non-Governmental organizations as well as Universities and research institutes, the Bachelor's (BURP) and Ph.D. programs have been introduced in 1996.
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at BUET is primarily concerned with the human settlement development planning at the urban, rural, regional and local levels. The activities of the Department focuses on physical, social, environmental, economic and political aspects of human settlements and specializes on the subjects like Urban Planning, Rural Planning, Regional Planning, Transportation Planning, Housing, Environmental Planning, Development Planning, etc. It also focuses on physical environment to a broader sense with more explicit concern for social and economic policies, employment generation, poverty alleviation, income distribution, resource development, political and institutional aspects of development, etc. In brief, the overall activities of the Department are planned to meet the demand for skilled manpower in human settlements planning, development management and other related professional fields by providing a set of widely applicable training and experience and their application to urban, rural and regional problems.
The expertise of the faculties and benefits of the infrastructure and facilities are utilized to solve problems and to provide up-to-date technological knowledge to various organizations of the country. In addition to its own research programs, the Department undertakes research programs sponsored by various government and non-government organizations. The Department is persistent in its efforts to improve its research facilities to meet the growing technological challenges confronting the country. Currently the department has 141 undergraduate students.