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James A. Clapp, Ph.D.



  • Emeritus Professor of City Planning and Urban Studies Master of City Planning Program, School of Public Administration & Urban Studies San Diego State University, San Diego, California  92182, USA         
  • Former Director, Program for Media and Urban Affairs, San Diego State University
  • Pres., UrbisMedia, Ltd., Hong Kong and San Diego, California



  • Doctor of Philosophy in Metropolitan Studies, The Maxwell School, Syracuse  University, July 1968.
  • Master of Regional Planning, Department of City and Regional Planning, School of Architecture, Syracuse Univ., 1966
  • Bachelor of Social Science, Economics, Le Moyne College, Syracuse,   N.Y., 1962




  • Professor of Urban Planning, 1976-2001
  • Fulbright Visiting Professor, School of Creative Media, City University, Hong Kong,   Fall 2000
  • Fulbright Visiting Professor, School of Creative Media, Lingnan University,Hong Kong, Spring 2000
  • Visiting Professor of Urbanism and Planning, University of Hong Kong, (Syracuse University DIPA), 1997
  • Visiting Professor   Associe´ of Urbanism, University of Paris, 1989
  • (Part-time) Prof. of Urban Planning, University of California, San Diego, 1981-82
  • Associate Professor of Urban Planning, 1971-1975
  • Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, 1968-1971



  • Director, Program for Media and Urban Affairs, 1983-Present
  • Director, Sch. of Public Admin. & Urban Studies, 1979-1983
  • Director, Master of City Planning Program, 1968-1978



  • Planning Consultant, San Diego, California, 1971 -present
  • Planning Researcher, Planners Collaborative, Syracuse, New York, 1966-1968.
  • Senior Planner, City of Syracuse, New York, 1964-1965
  • Planning Intern, City of Rochester, New York, 1963


Consultant to:

  • State of California Department of Food & Agriculture (scriptwriter), 1991
  • Baldwin Vista Associates (expert panelist) 1990
  • Science Applications International Corporation, 1988
  • Marquis Property Development, San Diego, 1987
  • The Neighborhood House Association, San Diego, 1984-87
  • Combined Arts and Education Council of County of San Diego (COMBO), 1986
  • City of Santee, California, 1985-1986
  • San Francisco Foundation, 1984
  • San Francisco State/Local Partnership for the Arts, 1984
  • San Diego State/Local Partnership for the Arts, 1982-83
  • Benham-Blair and Associates, Oklahoma City, 1981
  • Environmental Systems Associates, San Diego, 1975
  • Multi-Systems Associates, San Diego, California, 1973


Other Professional Activities::

  • Committee Member, Fulbright Hong Kong Scholar Program, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong America Center, Jan 2002
  • Research Associate, The Hong Kong – America Center, The Chinese University, Hong Kong, 2000
  • Patricia Clapp Annual Memorial Scholarship Committee Department of Art, 1986- present
  • Executive Editor, The San Diego American Planning Association Journal. 1995-96
  • Article Referee, Journal of the American Planning Association, 1992
  • San Diego Urban Form Workshop Committee, City Architect’s Office City of S.D.,1992 .
  • Community Producer/Writer of Commentaries on Cities and Urban Life, KPBS-FM, 1986-1991
  • Emmy Awards, Preliminary Judging Committee, 1984
  • Emmy Awards, Preliminary Judging Committee, 1983
  • Jury Member, “Orchids and Onions Awards,” American Institute of Architects, 1982
  • Member, Science Advisory Board of “Synthesis Program Series,”    KPBS-TV, 1981-82
  • Co-editor, San Diego Section of the American Inst. of   Planners Newsletter, 1977-78
  • Invited Panelist at American Assembly Conference on Land Use, Claremont, CA, June 19-21, 1975, Claremont Grad School
  • Co-author of Speech for California Assemblyman John Knox for the American Assembly, Claremont, California, June 19, 1975
  • Member, Quality of Life Board, City of San Diego, 1973-1975
  • Vice-Chairman, San Diego County Environmental Development Agency Advisory Board, 1972-1975
  • Executive Board Member, Navajo Community Planners (City of Sa   Diego), 1971-1973
  • Executive Board, San Diego Section of American Instit. of Planners, 1971-1972
  • Chairman, California Chapter American Institute of Planners Committee on Transportation, 1970
  • Board of Directors, SDSU Art Council, 1988-1992
  • Denis Sanders Memorial Committee, Department of Telecommunications and Film, 1988
  • “Speaking of the Arts Conference” planning committee, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, 1987


Recognitions and Awards:

  • 2000 Selected as Fulbright Scholar (United States Information Agency) to LingnaUniversity, New Territories, SAR Hong Kong, and City University, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China,
  • 1999 Invited as special lecturer on American urban studies to U.F.R. d’Etudes Anglophones, Institut d’Anglais Charles V, University of Paris, VII, formonth of November 1999
  • 1991 California Chapter American Planning Association Journalism Award for series of articles for THE SAN DIEGO UNION.
  • San Diego Press Club Award of Merit for “Best Investigative Reporting (Radio)” for “San Diego Airport: A View from the Cockpit,” KPBS-FM, aired October 14, 1989. Re-aired, January 13, 1990.
  • MPPP Faculty Award, 1988
  • Appointed as Professeur Associe to the University of Paris VII, by the Minister of National Education, France, 1988
  • MPPP Faculty Award, 1985
  • Identified as on of “82 persons to watch in 1982” by San Diego Magazine , 1982
  • Book, New Towns and Urban Policy , selected as “significant social science book of the month”, May 1971, by Society/Transaction Magazine