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Peter Allen

Lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning

Peter Allen is a lecturer in urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. The founder of Peter Allen & Associates, Allen has more than 35 years of experience as an Ann Arbor-area real estate developer and consultant, which offers him a unique perspective on the complexities of walkable urbanity. Allen is known for his passion to make Ann Arbor one of the best cities in the world, and his zeal for the city is fueled partly by his teaching thousands of students the basic tenets of lively downtowns since 1981. His students give him a sneak peak into market forces shaping our buildings, downtowns, and “sense of place,” which are essential to quality, people-oriented, “third place” development. Allen has chaired or founded numerous local and regional conferences highlighting public policy issues relating to development, multi-model transit options, and local quality of life.

He received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor of Arts in history from DePauw University.