Allan Jacobs

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Allan B. Jacobs is an urban designer, renowned for his publications and research on urban design. His well-known paper "Towards an Urban Design Manifesto", written with Donald Appleyard, describes how cities should be laid out.

Prior to teaching at Berkeley, Professor Jacobs taught at the University of Pennsylvania, and worked on planning projects in the City of Pittsburgh and for the Ford Foundation in Calcutta, India, and spent eight years as Director of the San Francisco Department of City Planning. Honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Berkeley Citation, and the Kevin Lynch Award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jacobs taught in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley from 1975 until 2001, teaching courses in city planning and urban design and serving twice as the department's chair. He is currently a Professor emeritus. He is currently a consultant in city planning and urban design with projects in California, Oregon, and Brazil, among others.


Jacobs earned a Bachelor of Architecture, cum laude, from Miami University and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1954. He then attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

From 1954 to 1955, Jacobs was studying City Planning as a Fulbright Scholar at University College London.

Jacobs is currently married to one of his former students at the University of California, Elizabeth Macdonald.

Allan Jacobs unfortunately succumbed to severe burns after a fatal bus crash on the hills of California on the 26th May, 2014

Notable works[edit]


  • Kevin Lynch Award, presented at MIT's "Imaging the City" symposium, 1999.
  • AIA Excellence in Education Award, California Chapter, 1994
  • Resident in Architecture, American Academy in Rome, 1996
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 1982
  • Fulbright Scholar


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