Dr. Ladd Keith is the Chair of the Sustainable Built Environments program and will transition from Lecturer to Assistant Professor in Planning at The University of Arizona in 2019. He is an interdisciplinary researcher working at the intersection of urban planning and climate science and explores how policy innovation in local governance can make more sustainable and resilient cities. He is currently the principal investigator of an NOAA-funded research project evaluating the use of urban heat maps in urban planning and is co-investigator on a project developing community climate profiles tailored to local needs. He also founded and leads the Sustainable Built Environments degree program and teaches Public Participation and Dispute Resolution and Planning for Urban Resilience.

Dr. Keith has contributed to the development and analysis of a number of land use and development regulations, comprehensive plans, hazard mitigation plans, and climate action plans. He recently completed a full eight-year term on the City of Tucson's Planning Commission and as Chair led the commission's public participation process for Plan Tucson: General & Sustainability Plan. An active member of the Urban Land Institute, he has served on the Sustainable Development Council, was a founding member of the Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance Advisory Board, and in 2016 was recognized as one of the ULI's 40 under 40. He most recently led a ULI Advisory Service Panel on increasing the resilience of Miami’s downtown and urban waterfronts to sea level rise and extreme heat. He is also an active member of the American Planning Association and serves as an academic liaison for the Arizona Chapter.

Dr. Keith is a native Tucsonan where he lives with his husband and their son and daughter.

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  • Ladd Keith, SBE Coordinator and Planning Lecturer, has accepted an invitation to serve on the Urban Land Institute's new... Read More
  • Ladd Keith, coordinator of the Sustainable Built Environments degree in CAPLA, was elected to serve as Vice Chair of the... Read More
  • Ladd Keith moderated the "Smarter Cities: Technology as a Tool in Real Estate Development and Urban Design" panel... Read More
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Planning Lecturer & Chair, Sustainable Built Environments
Office Location: CAPLA A303H
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