Dr. Brian J. L. Berry, dean of the School of Social Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and one of the world’s leading social scientists, has been selected a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the professional arm of the American Planning Association (APA).
The 39,000-member APA is the nation’s leading city and regional planning organization. AICP, with 15,000 members, provides leadership in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education and the standards of planning practice.
Election to the College of Fellows, which has less than 300 members, is one of the highest honors that AICP can bestow upon a member, and membership is limited to “model planners with significant contributions to planning and society,” according to the organization. Berry will attend an induction ceremony at APA’s 2006 national conference in San Antonio on April 22.
Berry, the Lloyd V. Berkner Regental Professor and professor of political economy in UTD’s School of Social Sciences, is widely acclaimed for his work with spatial analysis and urban theory. He is credited with helping transform geography as a discipline, elevating it to a respected and competitive science. Last Fall, Berry received the 2005 Vautrin Lud Prize, the highest award that can be bestowed on a geographer. Modeled after the Nobel Prize, which does not have a category for geography, the award is presented each year to an intellectual leader in the field, as determined by an international jury. Berry is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the most prestigious scientific association in the United States.