Jack L. Nasar (PhD, FAICP) is a Professor Emeritus City & Regional Planning, The Ohio State University, and former editor of the Journal of Planning Literature. An environmental psychologist, urban planner, and urban designer, he has published more than 90 scholarly articles on environmental meaning, cognition, fear, crime, and spatial behavior. He served as architectural critic for The Columbus Dispatchand for Landscape Architecture magazine. He wrote two books (Design by Competition: Making Design Competitions Work, Cambridge, 1999; and The Evaluative Image of the City, Sage, 1998), and edited four more (Designing for Designers: Lessons Learned from Schools of Architecture, Fairchild, 2007; Universal Design and Visitability: From Accessibility to Zoning, 2007, Directions in Person-Environment Research and Practice. Ethnoscapes, 1999, and Environmental Aesthetics: Theory, Research, and Applications, Cambridge, 1988). With students, he has developed more than 60 neighborhood plans, post-occupancy evaluations, and visual quality programs. An invited lecturer around the world, his honors include the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Career Award, Lumley Award for Excellence in Research, the EDRA Achievement award, Ethel Chattel Fellowship, Fellow American Institute of Certified Planners, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Architecture at Washington University, St. Louis.
Dr. Nasar has a Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Washington in St. Louis, a Master’s in Urban Planning from New York University, a Certificate in planning from University of Manchester, and a Ph.D. in Man-Environment Relations from Pennsylvania State University.