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Kyle Ezell

  • Professor of Practice

Knowlton Hall
275 W Woodruff Ave
(614) 580-8564

Knowlton School City and Regional Planning students receiving the APA 2019 National Student Project Award, San Francisco, CA

Kyle Ezell, EdD, FAICP CUD is a professor of practice in city and regional planning at the Knowlton School, associated with contributing to the Fisher College of Business' Real Estate Minor, and a Senior Affiliate in OSU's Drake Institute of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Ezell's work at the Knowlton School involves students heavily in experiential learning. He served the American Planning Association as the elected Board member of APA Tennessee as Secretary from 1995-1997. He also served as an elected member of the APA Ohio Board of Trustees from 2013-2018 and as Ohio's Professional Development Officer during the final three years of his tenure on the Board. Ezell employs his Advanced Specialty Certification in Urban Design (CUD) from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) to plan and design for underserved populations. His work leading students in Autism Planning and Design Guidelines 1.0 was published in the July/August 2018 Planner's Advisory Service Memo and featured in the October 2018 edition of Planning Magazine. Along with undergraduate studios, His 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. At the national level, Dr. Ezell has served on leadership roles on the American Institute of Certified Planners' certification test committee and has served on many juries for selecting APA national conference sessions and awards. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Master of Science, Geography from South Dakota State University, and a Doctor of Education from Maryville University of Saint Louis.



Practicing and Teaching City and Regional Planning

Practice Leadership

Inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Dr. Ezell is a member of the American Planning Association's Foresight Community. His planning work acknowledgment includes the Vernon Deines Award for Outstanding Small Town Special Project Plan from American Planning Association's Small Town/Rural Division; The 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; The Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Association's Merit Award; and team member receiving the American Institute of Certified Planners National Implementation Award for the Tennessee Riverpark. 

Practice Experience

Dr. Ezell served in many roles from planner to principal in the private sector and managed nearly 50 plans and projects as a public sector planner in Chattanooga and Maryville, TN, and Dublin, OH. He also was the operational manager of the City of Columbus Land Bank. His practice reach includes sharing practice ideas in over 75 national and international presentations and training practitioners in "Municipal Planning and Zoning Practice," an online course he co-developed and teaches three times yearly to onboard planning administrators and elected officials. His work as an author and presenter appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, New York Daily News, New York Metro, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Columbus Dispatch, Planning Magazine, National Public Radio, Retirement Living Network, and interviews on local television stations including major markets such as San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, Chicago, Milwaukee, Atlanta, and Dallas.

Teaching Recognition

Dr. Ezell is the recipient of many awards for his teaching, including the Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching and Inducted into OSU's Academy of Teaching; Ohio State College of Engineering's Distinguished Faculty - Charles MacQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching; Faculty Award for University Community Members Who Have Made a Positive Influence on Ohio State Students, presented by Residence on 10th Hall; Award for Outstanding Commitment to Student Education, The Ohio State Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association; Ohio State University Faculty Award for Excellence in Community-Based Scholarship; and the Ohio Planning Conference (OPC) Columbus Division Award for his studio course work. A member of the committee to form the Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning, Ezell serves the Institute as a Faculty Foundation, Impact, and Transformation (FIT) Program mentor for new and developing teachers at Ohio State and the Drake Collaborative representing the College of Engineering. 

Curriculum Development and Teaching

Dr. Ezell developed 36 graduate and undergraduate courses over his teaching career. As the inaugural Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning (BSCRP) Chair, he co-wrote, implemented, and directed the program and its curriculum. He was also integral in two rounds of successful program accreditations by the Planning Accreditation Board, one of a few accredited undergraduate programs.

Ezell leading his Studio in the Planning for the Opioid Crisis Charrette

Dr. Ezell leading his Junior Studio and Planning Professionals in the Planning for the Opioid Crisis Charrette