The Department of Urban and Regional Planning has adopted an “All In” approach to teaching and using planning technology throughout its curriculum. That means that instead of only using the minimum software that is required of the subject taught in the class, students are encouraged to expand on their technological skill-set at each successive course. For example, students enrolled in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree program will take Introduction to GIS in Planning (URP 6270) in their first semester and then continue to use GIS throughout the curriculum. This policy has given the Department of Urban and Regional at FAU one of the most robust software and hardware solutions in the nation.
In addition to the faculty and staff offices, URP has four technology facilities. There are two Research Assistant Offices with a total of nine workstations between them (SO 274 and SO 289), the nine workstation Production Studio (SO 285), and the twenty-eight workstation URP Computer Classroom SO (276).