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Texas A&M University College of Architecture

Phil Berke

Philip Berke Ph.D.

Professor, Land Use and Environmental Planning

Director, Institute of Sustainable Communities 


Office: Scoates Hall 119

Phone: 979-862-3969


Beyond the Basics: Best Practices in Local Mitigation Planning

The Institute for Sustainable Communities

Areas of Interest

Land use and environmental planning, community resilience, and public engagement.


Philip R. Berke is a Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Communities that recently emerged from TAMU’s Environmental Grand Challenge.  His research focuses on the relationship between community resilience and urban planning with specific focus on methods, theory and metrics of local planning and outcomes.

He is the lead co-author of an internationally recognized book, Urban Land Use Planning (University of Illinois Press, fifth edition, 2006), which focuses on integrating principles of sustainable communities into urban form, and co-author of a book, Natural Hazard Mitigation: Recasting Disaster Policy and Planning, which was selected as one of the “100 Essential Books in Planning” of the 20th century by the American Planning Association Centennial Great Books.  His 2015 publication on community resilience to hazards and climate change received the Best Article Award, the highest award for scholarly research given by the American Planning Association.  Application of this research is currently funded by FEMA to assist communities in long-term recovery from Hurricane Harvey (2017) and Hurricane Matthew (2016). He has authored or co-authored 10 books, and over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. 

Dr. Berke is currently leading field teams to study urban resilience to flooding in Holland, and six cities on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.  Over the past 20-years he has been PI of co-PI of 10 National Science Foundation grants. He currently serves on multiple advisory boards including the Urban Institute’s Global Evaluation of the Rockefeller Foundation-pioneered Global 100 Resilient Cities, the American Planning Association’s Committee on Comprehensive Plans and Sustainability Standards.  He recently briefed Congress on the growing vulnerability of US cities, and was a member of the National Research Council’s Committee Water Resource Science, Engineering and Planning, and Louisiana's Master Plan for Coastal Protection and Restoration.  He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand.

Dr. Phil Berke

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