Professor of Urban Planning
Michael A. Burayidi is an urban planning scholar and intellectual with interest in downtown redevelopment and planning with multiple publics. He has authored and/edited eight books in this area of scholarship for which he is nationally and internationally renowned. They are: Downtown Revitalization in Small and Midsized Cities
(American Planning Association, 2018), Cities and the Politics of Difference: Multiculturalism and Diversity in Urban Planning
(University of Toronto Press, 2015); City Resilience
(a four-volume compendium on planning for city resilience, Routledge, 2015); Resilient Downtowns: A New Approach to Revitalizing the Centers of Small and Medium City Downtowns
(Routledge, 2013); Downtowns: Revitalizing the Centers of Small Urban Communities
(Rutledge, 2001); Urban Planning in a Multicultural Society
(Praeger, 2000); Race and Ethnic Relations in the First Person
(with Alfred T. Kisubi, Praeger, 1998); and Multiculturalism in a Cross National Perspective
(University Press of America, 1997).
His expertise on downtowns has been shared in the popular press in newspapers across the U.S. and by invitation in such magazines as Public Management Magazine
, the official magazine of the International City/County Management Association, and Downtown Idea Exchange
, a national forum for downtown redevelopment.
Burayidi is president of Burayidi Consulting, LLC, a planning and land development consulting firm registered in Indiana (https://www.burayidi.wordpress.com
). Through his firm and teaching practice he has provided consulting services for public and private sector organizations nationally and internationally in such areas as neighborhood and downtown revitalization, program evaluation, comprehensive planning, transportation planning, and housing and economic development, among others.
Professionally, he serves the Planning Accreditation Board as a site visitor to planning schools seeking the accreditation and re-accreditation of their professional planning programs, has reviewed book proposals for Routledge and Sage, and regularly reviews articles for the Journal of Planning Education and Research
, the Journal of the American Planning Association, Planning Theory and Practice
and numerous other journals on urban planning and regional development.