Humanitarian Planning Committee

Planners unique skills are needed now more than ever, especially in urban crisis (Source: United Nations Development Program).

Our Mission 

The APA International Division established the Humanitarian Planning Committee (HPC) in 2019 for the purpose of advancing the role of planning in the fields of Humanitarian Assistance and Development (HA+D). Working collaboratively with our partners at the Global Alliance for Urban Crisis (GAUC), we advocate for planning professionals to be a critical part of HA+D teams—both deployed in the field as well as supporting field teams from afar. 

The landscape of HA+D is changing creating new technical and complex challenges that put an emphasis on the role of the built environment. We believe that planners possess critical skills such as stakeholder engagement and comprehensive management as well as expertise in the human context of planning that is needed now more than ever.

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Our Focus 

The Humanitarian Planning Committee will touch on the role of planning in areas such as:

  • Displacement Planning (e.g. communities in conflict zones, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), migration, dispossession, development-forced displacement, and resettlement)
  • Contested Space Planning (e.g. sanctuary cities, informal communities, spatial equity)
  • Crisis prevention planning (e.g. population trauma, developing systems for rapid response, resiliency)
  • Re-integration planning (e.g. re-integration to non-disaster conditions, post-conflict and/or post-disaster reconstruction, populations in transition, immediate crisis after disaster)

Our Team


Lyndsey Deaton, RA, LEED AP BD+C, PMP

Educated as an architect, planner, and urban researcher, Lyndsey Deaton is principally an urbanist, whose specialty is the study of cities, their public spaces, and their design as modes of social production, reproduction, and resistance. 


 Sean Tapia, John Michael LaSalle, Paul Chapman