The American Planning Association (APA) is a professional organization representing the field of city and regional planning in the United States. The APA was formed in 1978 when two separate professional planning organizations, the American Institute of Planners and the American Society of Planning Officials, were merged into a single organization. The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is now the organization's professional branch.
The APA - USC Chapter is the University of Southern California’s official American Planning Association-approved Planning Student Organization (PSO). The Chapter’s mission is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with high-quality informative exposure to the planning profession. It seeks to achieve this by connecting students to practicing planners, architects, engineers, and environmental scientists through networking events, seminars, and informational panels.
Although the Chapter is mostly comprised of undergraduate and graduate students in Policy, Planning and Development (PPD), membership is also available to students who study related disciplines such as Architecture, Environmental Studies, and Civil Engineering.