Archive for Upcoming Events

June 16: LGBTQ+ Professionals in the Built Environment Pride Happy Hour

June 16 – 6PM – 8PM @ Cockatoo

208 S. 13th St Philadelphia, PA

Register here

Join us on Friday, June 16th at 6:00p at Cockatoo for our second annual Pride happy hour, an event for LGBTQ+ landscape architects, architects, planners, and allied professionals in the Philadelphia region. Let’s start conversations, build community, and celebrate Pride within our fields!

The event is free and open to LGBTQ+ individuals and allies that work in the built environment (bring your friends and colleagues)! Attendees will receive a free drink ticket.

The event is 21+ and is sponsored by OLIN, WRT, the American Society of Landscape Architects Pennsylvania Delaware Chapter, and the American Planning Association Pennsylvania Chapter Southeast Section.

For any questions, please reach out to Max at mdickson@theolinstudio.com


June 7: APA PA Webinar Wednesday – Checking the Boxes with Green Infrastructure

Checking the Boxes with Green Infrastructure

What are the impacts of trees? Maintenance costs, economic benefits, equity considerations, health factors, stormwater implications, regulatory challenges… This session will look at the multi-dimensionality of green infrastructure (not just trees!) and the long-term vision for risk reduction and health improvement with planner and municipal action opportunities woven throughout. Speakers will raise some considerations specific to active transportation and climate change as well. The discussion will provide a framework for recognizing the compound impacts of natural systems and incorporating systemic benefits into planning processes. It will also touch on practical techniques for reducing apparent conflicts between trees and paving surfaces and space competition between green infrastructure and active transportation.

Sustainability/Resilience CM credit is pending approval. You must attend the webinar live in order to earn CM credit.

Rebecca Wetzler
Samantha Pearson

**The Pennsylvania Chapter is not responsible for the materials or opinions of the speaker(s) you will hear**

Deadline to register is June 6

If you’re interested in sponsoring a Webinar Wednesday session or have a session for Webinar Wednesday please contact us. Send your request to info@planningpa.org.

Please note: You will receive a reminder email a few days before the webinar with zoom information (please check your spam/junk folders). This email will be sent to the email address you used to register for the event.



May 9 – From Data to Funding: Accelerating 10-Minute Walk in Pennsylvania

Date – May 9, 2023

Time – 11am-12pm ET

Title – From Data to Funding: Accelerating 10-minute Walk in Pennsylvania 

Zoom link – https://tpl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_F5v0MfmeR36fhaFTMYSl-g 

Description – Local, state and federal funding sources are critical to preserving Pennsylvania’s green spaces, land, water, and natural character, and to develop parks for current and future residents throughout the state. This webinar will look at statewide 10-minute walk data, Pennsylvania’s park equity gaps, potential funding sources, and examples of successful grants and projects.

NPC 23 – Call for Volunteers!

The NPC Merchandise Subcommittee is in need of volunteers to help staff the APA-PA merchandise table. All volunteers will receive a FREE conference T-shirt!

Volunteers are asked to staff the table for at least one 1.5 hour shift. Please indicate your availability to volunteer via this doodle poll – https://doodle.com/meeting/participate/id/avQEEYLe.

April 1st: APA PA Social Event

APA PA is hosting a social event on April 1st from 6 to 8 PM at the Racquet Club. This social aims to connect planning professionals from all over country. Light appetizers and drinks will be available.

Registration is $10 for PA APA members and $20 for non-members.

Register here

The Racquet Club of Philadelphia 215 South 16th Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Feb. 23 – APA PA SE Mentor Mixer

It’s back! APAPA-SE will be holding another planning mentor mixer for Philadelphia area planning students and professionals to share information about professional development, career paths, and how to succeed in any kind of planning field.

RSVP by Tuesday February 21st!

Students? We invite you to join us! Bring your burning questions, grand ideas, and thoughts about how you hope to reach your professional development goals.

Professionals? We need you too! Sign up to lead discussions with students and pass along your knowledge of success and pitfalls. We’re looking for a wide variety of planning professionals in all fields to speak with students.

Catered refreshments will be available.

APAPA-SE Planning Mentor Mixer
Thursday, February 23
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Temple University Center City Campus
1515 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Room 320

Students and professionals should both RSVP by February 17th on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apa-pa-se-mentoring-mixer-spring-2023-registration-515204228717


Feb. 14: Strategies to Advance Park Equity in Rural Areas

Park Equity in Rural Areas 

Webinar | Tuesday, February 14, 2023 | 11:00am – 12:00pm EST 

Rural communities are facing a host of challenges, including loss of population; economic dislocation and traditional industries shed jobs; and loss of young people and an educated workforce. The recreation economy is one path towards revitalizing rural communities. The workshop will highlight cases, such as building and protecting trails in rural areas in Pennsylvania. 


  • Christine Detorre – Regional Advisor, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Owen Franklin – Vice President, Regional Director, Trust for Public Land
  • Owen Worozbyt – Operations Director and Trail Manager, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority 


Register Today for NPC23!

Sip on this…Registration is now open!

It’s only January, but NPC23 Philadelphia and NPC23 Online, will be here before you know it. The National Planning Conference is being offered in two distinct, complementary experiences.

NPC23 will be held in Philadelphia April 1-4, and NPC23 Online can be streamed from your favorite chair April 26-28. Experience refreshing conversations while new ideas bubble up in a variety of learning settings.

Don’t miss the opportunity to register early and save.

What’s in it for you?

This year’s NPC content will focus on how the planning community can lead the way to develop solutions to today’s most pressing problems. The experience will be empowering, educational, and inspirational.

You can count on:

  • Content that is relevant and interesting
  • Experiential learning environments through Mobile Workshops
  • Case studies that shine a light on real experiences
  • Connection to your community and expand your network

Hope to see you in Philadelphia or Online!

Register Now!

Seeking Volunteers for NPC23 in Philadelphia

Seeking Volunteers to Lead Walking & Bus Tours During National Planning Conference (NPC23) in Philadelphia

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteer tour guides to help with the 2023 National Planning Conference (NPC23) in Philadelphia on Saturday, April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd, 2023. The orientation tours are designed to showcase Philadelphia landmarks, neighborhoods, and its rich planning history. A script will be provided. The tours will depart from the Convention Center (1300 block of Arch), and each tour with have 2 local volunteers who follow a pre-determined and rehearsed script and route map. Tours will be held rain or shine.

Bus Tour

  • 2 guides/bus
  • 50 people/tour
  • approximately 3 hours long
  • one 15-minute stop
  • you should be comfortable speaking into a microphone and helping the bus driver navigate directions

Walking Tour

  • 2 guides/tour
  • 20 people/tour
  • approximately 2 hours long
  • covers 4.5 miles (including 1 mile on transit)

If you are interested, please visit tinyurl.com/NPC23guides to express your interest in volunteering. The form includes dates and times for both the walking and bus tours. We ask that you indicate all times and dates you are available by Friday, January 13, 2023. However, we will only schedule you for one of the tours (bus/walk) based on your responses. If you are scheduled to speak on a panel or lead a mobile workshop, we will do everything in our power to avoid conflicts with your other session(s).

Tour Guides will not be compensated for leading a tour; however, confirmed guides will receive 50% off published registration rates for NPC23. Additional information on registration will be sent once all guides are confirmed. If you are AICP-certified, you will receive one (1) extra CM credit for leading the tour in addition the CM credits for the tour itself. You do NOT need to be a member of the American Planning Association (APA) to be a tour guide. You can be a tour guide even if you don’t plan to attend the rest of the conference.

This form is an expression of interest–we will contact you to confirm your participation and invite you to a training session for tour guides to be held in January or February 2023. Thank you for your willingness to volunteer for the National Planning Conference!

APAPA Southeast Section 2022 Annual Event – December 8 at Daniel’s Restaurant + Bar

2022 APAPASE Annual Event: A Tribute To Barry Seymour

RSVP today!

Deadline Wednesday, November 30

Your admission cost includes 2 drink tickets, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and buffet stations.

Daniel’s Restaurant + Bar 16 East 1st Avenue Conshohocken, PA 19428

Thu, December 8, 2022, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Please join fellow planners of the Southeast Section of the American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter at our 2022 Annual Event!

For this year’s event, we are honored to have Barry Seymour, the retiring executive director of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), for a conversation regarding his life, career, and the future of planning in the Philadelphia region.

We are also planning to announce the 2022 John E. Pickett Scholarship Winners. Our scholarship committee has been working hard to review work by the brightest planning graduate students in Greater Philadelphia and will present scholarship awards to top projects. The event will include a brief description of the projects and the award ceremony for the authoring scholars.

In addition, the section will give details and present involvement opportunities for the 2023 National Planning Conference, taking place April 1-4 in Philadelphia.

Come out to network with colleagues, celebrate achieving students and an amazing career, and get geared up for a busy 2023 with the American Planning Association!

Location: Daniel’s Restaurant & Bar (formerly The Lucky Dog Saloon) at 16 East 1st Avenue in Conshohocken.  Daniel’s is only a five-minute walk from the Conshohocken Regional Rail station on the Manayunk/Norristown Line (see walking map below).  Plenty of on-street and off-street parking options are also available.