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Jack Nasar, FAICP, PhD

  • Professor Emeritus, City and Regional Planning Section
100 Knowlton Hall

Jack L. Nasar (Ph.D., FAICP) is a professor emeritus of city and regional planning at the Knowlton School and fortmer editor Journal of Planning Literature. He has published more than 90 scholarly articles on meaning, cognition, fear, crime, and spatial behavior in relation to the environment. Nasar served as architectural critic for The Columbus Dispatch and guest critic for Landscape Architecture. His books include Environmental Aesthetics: Theory, Research, & Applications; The Evaluative Image of the City; Design by Competition: Making Design Competitions Work; Universal Design and Visitability: From Accessibility to Zoning (with J. Evans-Cowley); Designing for Designers: Lessons Learned from Schools of Architecture (with W. F. E. Preiser, and T. Fisher). An invited lecturer around the world, Nasar has received the EDRA Career Achievement Award, Lumley Award for Excellence in Research at Ohio State, Ethel Chattel Fellowship from University of Sydney, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis.

Nasar has a Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Washington in St. Louis, a Master’s in urban planning from New York University, and a PhD in Man-Environment Relations from Pennsylvania State University.

Selected Publications

Nasar, J. L. (2015). Creating places that promote physical activity: Perceiving is believing. Active Living Research Brief.

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Nasar, J. L. (1998). The Evaluative Image of the City. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. (paperback 1999).


Nasar, J. L., & Jones, K. M. (1997). Landscapes of fear and stress. Environment and behavior, 29(3), 291-323.

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Nasar, J. L. (1994). Urban design aesthetics - the evaluative qualities of building exteriors. Environment and Behavior, 26(3), 377-401.

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Nasar, J. L., & Fisher, B. (1993). Hot-spots of fear and crime - a multimethod investigation. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 13(3), 187-206.

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