Eran Ben-Joseph

Class of 1922 Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

Eran Ben-Joseph is the Class of 1922 Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Eran served as Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT from 2013 to 2020.

Eran's research and teaching areas include urban and physical design, standards and regulations, sustainable site planning technologies and urban retrofitting. He authored and co-authored the books: Streets and the Shaping of Towns and CitiesRegulating Place: Standards and the Shaping of Urban AmericaThe Code of the CityRENEW TownReThinking a Lot and New Industrial Urbanism. Eran worked as a city planner, urban designer and landscape architect in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States on projects including new towns and residential developments, streetscapes, stream restorations, and parks and recreation planning. He has led national and international multi-disciplinary projects in Singapore, Barcelona, Santiago, Tokyo and Washington DC among other places.

Eran holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Chiba National University of Japan. Current Research: Health and the Aging Population,  Ecological Models of Development, Industrial Urbanism, Historical Neighborhood Planning, Mobility Infrastructure .

Areas of Interest

Climate Change, Community Development, Environmental Planning, Environmental Planning and Management, Food Systems, Healthy Communities and Active Living, History and Theory of Planning, Housing Development, Infrastructure Planning, Infrastructure Systems, International Development, Land Use, Land Use Law and Planning, Landscape, Landscape Architecture and Natural Systems, Law and Policy, Parks and Recreation, Planning Management, Public Participation, Regeneration, Resource Management, Sustainability, Theory of Urbanism, Transportation and Mobility, Transportation Planning, Urban Agriculture, Urban Design, Urban Information, Technology, and Media and Analytics, Visualization, Water Conservation


  • PhD Urban Design, Environmental Planning, UC Berkeley
  • MS Landscape Architecture , Agriculture, Chiba University, Japan
  • BA Landscape Architecture , UC Berkeley