Michael Burayidi
Michael Burayidi
Professor of Urban Planning


Room:AB 305


Michael Burayidi is an author and editor of multiple books about downtown revitalization and about multicultural planning issues. He is frequently interviewed by the press about downtown redevelopment projects and about re-use ideas for abandoned or declining shopping malls, another of his areas of expertise. He is president of Burayidi Consulting, a planning and land development consulting firm, and serves as a site visitor to planning schools seeking accreditation or re-accreditation of the planning program. He reviews manuscripts for multiple journals and served as chair of the Department of Urban Planning for seven years.


  • (1993) PhD, Urban and Public Affairs, University of Louisville, Kentucky.
  • (1990) MEDes, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Calgary, Canada.
  • (1987) BS, Planning, University of Science and Technology, Ghana.

Major Research and Teaching Emphasis

  • Downtown redevelopment
  • Shopping mall reuse
  • Planning for multiple publics

Recent Research and Publications (select)

  • “Shopping malls: Predicting who lives, who dies, and why?” Journal of Real Estate Literature (forthcoming 2021).
  • The Routledge Handbook of Urban Resilience (Ed.) (Routledge, 2019).
  • Downtown revitalization in Small and Midsized Cities (American Planning Association, 2018).
  • Cities & the Politics of Difference: Multiculturalism and Diversity in Urban Planning (University of Toronto Press, Canada, 2015).
  • City Resilience: Critical Concepts in Built Environment (Routledge Major Works Series, 2015).
  • Resilient Downtowns: A New Approach to Revitalizing Small and Medium City Downtowns (Routledge, 2013).

Recent conference presentations (select)

  • “The future of the shopping mall” Lambda Alpha International Webinar, October 30, 2020.
  • “Reimagining the shopping mall.” Presented to Indiana APA, October 14, 2020.
  • “Real estate investment in central Indiana” A presentation to Small Landlords Group, November 18, 2020.

Selected grants

  • The future of the suburban mall, Ball State University, Office of Sponsored Programs Aspire Grants, 2020. Amount = $4,000
  • Are Big-Box Stores Paying their Fair Share of Property Taxes, Digital Scholarship Lab, Ball State University, 2020. Amount = $4,000
  • The future of the shopping mall: Development of an Index for Predicting Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why? Land Economics Foundation, 2019. Amount = $10,000.

Professional Social Media

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Urban Land-use Plann 421 1 0900 - 1015 M W AB, room 013A
Ind Study in Plan 490 1 0000 - 0000
Urban Land-use Plann 607 1 0900 - 1145 T AB, room 325
Comprehensive Planni 630 1 1400 - 1700 T R AB, room 316