Levine Appointed Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor

Levine Appointed Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor

Professor Jonathan Levine is an internationally recognized expert for his research which centers on the potential and rationales for policy reform in transportation and land use. His current work focuses on the transformation of the transportation and land-use planning paradigm from mobility to an accessibility basis. He is also interested in the design of institutions for emerging transportation systems to serve metropolitan-accessibility goals.

Contributing both to bodies of thinking in urban planning and to policy and planning directions, Professor Levine’s work tackles issues that are among the highest on the agendas of American planners, elected officials, and interest groups. He has earned numerous awards and honors including the 2010 Chester Rapkin Award for best paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research and a 2011 residential fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation Center in Bellagio, Italy. He is the author of Zoned Out: Regulation, Markets, and Choices in Transportation and Metropolitan Land Use (Resources for the Future 2006).

A well respected and admired teacher, Professor Levine teaches courses that are central to the Urban and Regional Planning Program and collectively they contribute substantially to the vitality and rigor of the program. In service to the college, Professor Levine’s contributions have also been substantial. Throughout his term as chair, he always worked for the best interests of the program and his leadership reinforced a departmental environment where faculty members also work together well. In chairing or serving on program or college committees, he continues to play a key role in ensuring that deliberations are effective and efficient.

About the Emil Lorch Collegiate Professorship

In 1906, architecture was established as a program in the Department of Engineering, and Emil Lorch was appointed as the chair. Throughout his 34-year career at Michigan, Professor Lorch developed a nationally recognized program known for innovation, design and technology. The Emil Lorch Collegiate Professorship in Architecture and Urban Planning was established by the Regents in August 1977 to honor the founder of this college.