Allan B. Jacobs (born 29 December 1928) is an urban designer, renowned for his publications and research on urban design. His well-known paper "Toward 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's degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1954. He then attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
- The Urban Design Element of the San Francisco General Plan
- Allan Jacobs and Donald Appleyard, Toward an Urban Design Manifesto. Working Paper published 1982; republished with a prologue in the Journal of the American Planning Association, 1987.
- Making City Planning Work (1980)
- Looking at Cities (1985)
- Great Streets (1995)
- The Boulevard Book (2003) with Elizabeth MacDonald and Yodan Rofe
- The Good City: Reflections and Imaginations (2011)
- 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 awarded in 1981
- Fulbright Scholar
- Allan Jacobs and Donald Appleyard, Toward an Urban Design Manifesto, APA Journal, Winter 1987
- American Academy in Rome, Fellows - Affiliated Fellows - Residents 1990-2010
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellows, Category: Humanities, Field of Study: Architecture, Planning and Design, Competition: US & Canada
- Allan B. Jacobs, Project for Public Spaces.
- Allan B. Jacobs bio, Bruner Foundation.
- Allan Jacobs bio, City of Calgary (Alberta, Canada).
- Allan Jacobs, University of California, Berkeley.