The American Planning Association (APA), the premier organization for planning practitioners and managers, has named "parking guru" Donald Shoup, professor of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, as the recipient of the APA’s 2015 National Planning Pioneer Award. The award is given to those "who have made personal and direct innovations in American planning," according to the APA.

Shoup, who recently announced his retirement after 41 years on the UCLA faculty, is best known for his innovations in land use and parking policy. His book, “The High Cost of Free Parking” (APA Planners Press, updated 2011), is required reading around the world for people hoping to rethink urban landscapes.

Shoup's work has sparked a national discussion about the way communities plan for and implement parking," said W. Shedrick Coleman, a Georgia-based architect who served as 2015 APA Awards Jury chair.

Previous APA Planning Pioneer recipients include Pierre Charles L'Enfant, most famous for laying out the streets of Washington, D.C.; Frederick Law Olmstead, who designed New York's Central Park; and Harvey Perloff, a fellow UCLA faculty member known as the "dean of American urban planners."

Shoup is also helping to establish the new Donald and Pat Shoup Fellowship in Urban Planning at UCLA Luskin. In a fundraising campaign now under way to raise more than $50,000, Shoup and his wife have offered to match each donation to the fellowship endowment 2-to-1; for every $100 contributed, the Shoups will give an additional $200. The fellowship will support urban planning students in perpetuity, lowering the costs of attending graduate school and making advanced study possible for those who might otherwise not be able to pursue it. Find more information and contribute here.