Department Chair & Professor
Urban and Regional Planning including
Geography, GIS, and Public Administration programs
Co-Director, Spatial Analytics and Visualization Institute
By appointment (email me)
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Architecture)
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)
Professor Laxmi Ramasubramanian, an architect and a certified urban planner, joined the faculty of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning as Department Chair in Fall 2019 and was re-elected to a second term in Fall 2023. In AY 2022-2023, she served as the Interim Associate Dean for Research in the College of Social Sciences.
Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian is the elected President of the Association of the Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) from 2021-2023. She is the first planner to be elected President of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, an association of over 65 colleges and universities from 2012-2014.
Dr. Ramasubramanian holds a Master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in Environment-Behavior Research 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.
Dr. Ramasubramanian is the author of three books. Her latest book, GIS and Housing: Principles and Practices(forthcoming December 1st, 2023) is co-authored with Jochen Albrecht and Deborah Rojas De Leon and is being published by Taylor & Francis (Routledge). Previously, she published Geographic Information Science and Public Participation and Essential Methods for Planning Practitioners: Skills and Techniques for Data Analysis, Visualization, and Communication (with Jochen Albrecht). She has also published numerous peer-reviewed book chapters, journal articles, and conference proceedings. In 2019 Cal Poly Pomona awarded her the 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.
In her research funded by the National Science Foundation, she works with educators and practitioners to empower academic women in the geospatial sciences.