Department Chair and Professor
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Architecture, Environment-Behavior Studies)
MCP. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (City Planning)
M.Arch. Anna University, Chennai, India (Architecture)
B. Arch. University of Madras, Chennai, India (Architecture)
Licenses and Certificates
AICP (2009 to present)
Laxmi Ramasubramanian, an architect and a certified urban planner, joined the faculty of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning as the new Department Chair in 2019. Dr. Ramasubramanian holds a Master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in Environment-Behavior Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in addition to holding a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Architecture from her home country, India. She has a wealth of research, teaching, and administrative experience gained through working at universities in the United States and abroad. Most recently, Dr. Ramasubramanian served as the Deputy Director of the Institute for Sustainable Cities and Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at Hunter College in New York.
Dr. Ramasubramanian is the author of two books, Geographic Information Science and Public Participation and Essential Methods for Planning Practitioners: Skills and Techniques for Data Analysis, Visualization, and Communication (with Jochen Albrecht) and numerous peer-reviewed book chapters, journal articles, and conference proceedings. She received the 2019 Dale Scholar Prize in recognition of her research that links theory with practice. As a engaged scholar and educator, Dr. Ramasubramanian is committed to preparing thoughtful and engaged planning practitioners who can work collaboratively to address critical technical and societal challenges while simultaneously addressing issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Dr. Ramasubramanian served as the elected President of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, an association of over 65 colleges and universities from 2012-2014. In her current research funded by the National Science Foundation, she is working with educators and practitioners to empower academic women in the geospatial sciences. She is also working on a book project on GIS and Housing with a co-author and starting up new research projects in the Bay Area.