David Rouse

David Rouse, FAICP, ASLA



David Rouse, FAICP, ASLA is a planner and landscape architect with 40 years of experience as a practitioner, researcher, author, and educator. His areas of expertise include comprehensive planning, parks and open space system planning, green infrastructure, and planning for emerging technologies. David is the former Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services for the American Planning Association (APA), which he left in 2019 to start his own consulting practice. While at APA he supervised research programs, projects, and initiatives such as the Planning Advisory Service, Planning and Community Health, Hazards Planning, the Sustaining Places Comprehensive Plan Standards, and Planning for Autonomous Vehicles. Prior to joining APA, David was a principal at the planning and design firm Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) in Philadelphia, where many of his projects were recognized with professional awards for excellence. He is an accomplished speaker and has published widely on a variety of planning and design topics. David recently co-authored a book titled The Comprehensive Plan: Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Communities for the 21st Century, scheduled to be published by Routledge Press in late 2021. In addition to teaching in the Urban Studies and Planning Program, David is an adjunct professor in the M.S. in Sustainable Design Program at Thomas Jefferson University, where he teaches ecological landscape design.

Master of Landscape Architecture
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Bachelor of Arts
Harvard University