Norman Tyler, PhD, FAICP

Norman Tyler, PhD, FAICP, is an architect and city planner with a special interest in historic preservation. For 25 years he was on the faculty of the Urban and Regional Planning Program at Eastern Michigan University, and director of the program from 1990 to 2009. He is a registered architect who had his own architecture/planning firm prior to becoming a full-time faculty member. Norman has a PhD from Michigan State University in Urban and Regional Planning and a Doctor or Architecture degree from The University of Michigan.

Norman has been active in community development for over 50 years. He has been on the board of a variety of professional organizations: planning (Michigan Association of Planning), architecture (American Institute of Architects, Huron Valley Chapter), and preservation (Michigan Historic Preservation Network). He recently became a member of the College of Fellows with the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP).

Academic background

Norm's professional resume

Eastern Michigan University Planning Program

Rivertown Simulation
Explore Norm's online Rivertown Simulation project.
The simulation is described in the Rivertown Simulation paper.
The Peace Corps and Me: Fifty Years Later (draft manuscript)

Greek Revival in America: Tracing its architectural roots to ancient Athens (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014).

Planning and Community Development: A Guide to the 21st Century (W.W. Norton and Company, 2011).

Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice (W.W. Norton and Company, 2009).

Podcast interview on Community Planning book

Transportation Systems in the United States: (.pdf of book draft)

See Norm's Author page

Selected articles
"The Four Most Important Words in Transportation Planning"

"Integrating Historic Preservation Plans with Comprehensive Plans"

"Historic theaters as tools of economic revitalization"

"Place Making for the Well-Designed Community (PowerPoint)"

"The WebPolis ( Consortium project"

"Promoting Interaction Through On-line Courses"

"The Basis for Land Use Law"

"Four Significant Land Use Taking Cases"

"Comparison of 'Advocacy' and 'Conflict Resolution' Approaches to Planning"

"The Impact of Wal-Mart Stores on Downtown Health in Michigan Cities"

Parabola City Concept: page 1; page 2

Other interests
Ann Arbor Historic Street Exhibits Program
Podcast describing Street Exhibit Program

Tyler Family Genealogy

Peace Corps and VISTA experience

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

Facebook page


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