COVID-19 UPDATE: May 2020 AICP Certification Exam

As it currently stands, the May 2020 AICP Certification Exam will be held as scheduled.  However, APA is  working with Prometric to explore options and will notify all eligible and registered exam takers with any changes. If you have any questions let us know at Thanks and stay safe!

Congratulations to the 2020 Massachusetts Fellows!

By Angela Cleveland, AICP APA Massachusetts Chapter President The highest honor that the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) grants a member is election into the College of Fellows.  Fellowship is bestowed to planners who have provided outstanding contributions to the profession for an extended period of time and have been a member of the AICP in good standing for a minimum of 15 years.   Those nominated have demonstrated excellence in professional practice, teaching and … Read more

2020 Great Places Call for Suggestions is Open!

A Great Place in your community demonstrates the importance of planning, provides an opportunity for promotion and tourism, and illustrates how local policies and projects strengthen our communities. Do you have a neighborhood, street, or public space worth celebrating? Suggesting a Great Place is simple. First, check to see if the location you’re nominating is already a Great Place.  Next, get to know what characteristics make a place stand out. When you’re finished, submit your … Read more

The APA National Planning Conference is Coming to Boston in 2021!

As many of you know – and perhaps some of you don’t – the APA National Planning Conference (NPC) is being held again in Boston in 2021.  The conference will be held on May 1-4, 2021 at the Hynes Convention Center.  This is a great opportunity for our local Planning community to showcase the great communities in Massachusetts and throughout New England.  We hope you begin making plans to attend, and if so inclined, help … Read more

2020 MAPD Conference postponed!

Dear Planning Friends and Colleagues, Given the unknowns surrounding public events (and the reality of what we all are focusing on for at least the next few weeks), we are postponing the 2020 MAPD Conference in New Bedford.  We will begin working to figure out the best way to roll out an event for later this year. We will be in touch once we have a better idea on how this could work later this year. … Read more

APA-MA “Spotlight Series”! – Alan Hodges, FAICP

  In APA-MA’s Spotlight Series, we chat with planners across the Commonwealth about their communities, their newest projects, and their career paths. The next installment in this series is with Allan A. Hodges, FAICP, who completed a 50-year career in urban planning and environmental impact analysis in 2014 when he retired. The last 34 years were with Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Boston office as Director of Planning. With that global engineering and planning firm (now WSP) he planned … Read more

Tunnel Vision – APA-MA & BSA Co-Sponsors

The American Planning Association Massachusetts Chapter (APA MA) Transportation Committee and the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) Infra\tecture Knowledge Community co-sponsored a special two-part event which explored tunnel infrastructure on the evening of October 23, 2019. Part one of the event was a tour of an abandoned MBTA tunnel below City Hall Plaza. Guided by City of Boston Archaeologist, Joe Bagley, approximately 80 planners, architects, and engineers had an opportunity to learn about and explore … Read more

City of Springfield – Legacy City highlighted in APA’s “Planning Magazine”

The City of Springfield was recently highlighted in an article in APA’s “Planning Magazine” This article tells a compelling story of revitalization and renewal. Written by Michael Di Pasquale, Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who’s research and teaching focus on the revitalization of America’s legacy cities. A planner and registered architect, he is the co-founder of Make-It Springfield. Click here to read all about it!