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Kyle Ezell, FAICP CUD

  • Professor of Practice, City and Regional Planning Section
223 Knowlton Hall

Kyle Ezell is a professor of practice in city and regional planning at the Knowlton School, where he has taught since 2005. Ezell has 25 years of experience as a practicing city planner. His work at the school involves students heavily in experiential learning, both in nearby communities in Ohio, and on the international travel programs he manages.

As a co-founder and administrator of the American Planning Association’s Planning with Underserved Populations Interest Group, he uses his Advanced Specialty Certification in Urban Design from the American Planning Association to plan and design for underserved populations. Most recently, Ezell’s work leading students in planning and designing for adults with autism was published in the July/August 2018 Planner’s Advisory Service Memo and featured in the October 2018 edition of Planning. Along with undergraduate studios, Ezell’s signature course CRPLAN 6010 Innovations in City and Regional Planning provides students an opportunity to engage in planning practice-related research associated with underserved populations. He also owns Ezell Planning and Design, a planning practice with a mission of bridging ideas from the academy to the planning practice. 

Ezell is the recipient of many awards for his teaching and practice including: Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2019; AICP Student Project Award from the American Planning Association (APA), 2019; Ohio State College of Engineering’s Distinguished Faculty - Charles McQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2014; The 2015 Vernon Deines Award for national division award for Outstanding Small Town Special Project Plan from American Planning Association’s Small Town/Rural Division; The 2015 Donald E. Hunter Award for Excellence in Economic Development Planning from the Economic Development Division of the American Planning Association; The American Planning Association’s Ohio’s Focused Planning Project (2015); The Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Association’s Merit Award; Faculty Award for University Community Members Who Have Made a Positive Influence on Ohio State Students, presented by Residence on 10th Hall (2014); Award for Outstanding Commitment to Student Education, The Ohio State Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association (2012); Ohio State University Faculty Award for Excellence in Community-Based Scholarship (2010); and the Ohio Planning Conference (OPC) Columbus Division Award for his studio course work (2009).

He holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Master of Science, Geography, from South Dakota State University.


CRPLAN 3600: Land Development Planning 
CRPLAN 4674: The City as Art 
CRPLAN 4900S: Plan Making
CRPLAN 4910S: Realizing the Plan 
CRPLAN 5200: Metropolitan and Regional Planning 
CRPLAN 5798: Planning Study Abroad 
CRPLAN 6010: Innovation in City and Regional Planning 
CRPLAN 6920: Urban Design/Physical Planning Studio

Recent Work

The Cultural Design Blueprint

Meaningful, identifiable places are competitive because they usually do a better job of attracting residents, jobs, customers, and tourists.* The framework provided in this guide can help communities implement architecture, landscape architecture, infrastructure, public art, and building interiors that are more meaningful because they are inspired by your local culture. This visual guide provides a method to help your place achieve a competitive edge through creative culture-based design. Your planners, leaders, and citizens are invited to employ the following process to implement designs that are specific to the values and expectations that will showcase a culturally-inspired built environment.

Selected Publications

Ezell, Stein, Korniyenko. (2018, October). “When Every Day is Sensory Overload: Learning to plan with people with autism, not for them,” Planning p. 37-41.

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Ezell, Korniyenko, Stein. (2018, August-December). “Autism Planning and Design Standards 1.0,” Planner’s Advisory Service Memo, American Planning Association.

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Ezell, Kyle, (2018, July) “Planning with Autism in Mind: A Six Feelings Framework," American Planning Association.

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Ezell, Kyle (2018, January) “Planning with Underserved Populations Interest Group,” American Planning Association.

Ezell, Kyle. (2016, May) The Cultural Design Blueprint (white paper), Columbus, Ohio. Fisher College of Business Center for Real Estate.