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Kristin Larsen, Ph.D., AICP

Kristin Larsen, Ph.D., AICP

Associate Professor and Director of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
P.O. Box 115706
office: 431A ARCH
phone: (352) 294-1482
Curriculum Vitae

  • Ph.D.,City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 2001
  • M.A., Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1990
  • B.S., Marketing, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1986
Areas of Expertise
  • Affordable Housing
  • Community Development
  • Community Planning
  • Growth Management
  • Historic Preservation
  • Housing Studies
  • Planning History

URP6100: Planning Theory and History
URP6745: Housing, Public Policy and Planning
URP6746: Topical Debates in Housing
DCP6710: Introduction to Historic Preservation


My professional experience as a practicing planner reinforced my interest in the relationship between intent, action, and outcome, as I developed and implemented housing programs and contributed to revitalization efforts in economically distressed neighborhoods. Doing so clarified the significance of education and training to understand the tools available to assess and respond to these challenges and opportunities as well as communicate these issues and recommendations to local officials and the public. Thus, my research, teaching, and service focuses on the role of government in shaping cities from a theoretical and practical basis and how the form and function of cities, in turn, informs government action. I am particularly interested in how the most common land use – residential – is affected by this interaction. These themes run throughout my work in housing policy, programs, and planning; planning history, and historic preservation.

I have presented my research in housing policy and programs, planning history, and historic preservation at various peer reviewed national conferences throughout the United States and a number of international conferences in housing, planning, and planning history.

Research Interests

Housing Policy and Programs
Neighborhood Planning
Historic Preservation
Urban and Planning History
New Urbanism

Major Research Initiatives:
  • “Contributions of Historic Preservation to the Quality of Life of Floridians.” Co-PI with Timothy McLendon of the Center for Governmental Responsibility at the Levin College of Law on a Florida Department of Community Affairs, Division of Historical Resources Grant, ongoing.
  • “Partnerships and Revitalization: Analysis of the Country’s Largest Housing Trust Fund – Florida’s SHIP Program.” Funded from June 2004 through September 2005 with a HUD Urban Scholars Fellowship, continuing.
  • “Clarence Stein and the Emergence of the Complete Community.” Researching and writing this book is partially funded by the Clarence S. Stein Institute, ongoing.

Shimberg Center for Housing Studies