LIVE APA Design Thinking Series

APA’s Design Thinking Series  uses blended learning techniques with pre-course videos and materials. Once registered, attendees gain instant access to our online platform to prepare for the intensive nature of the course. This immersive experience is full of opportunities to connect and learn from our facilitator and your peers while putting the methods of design thinking into practice. 

Design Thinking  has emerged as a paradigm-shifting way of addressing and navigating the changing world. The course offers space to collaborate virtually with planning peers practicing in communities facing disruptive changes and grand challenges in the post-pandemic future. The group exercises leverage attendees' experiences, knowledge, and creativity to identify problems, ideate solutions and develop prototypes. Connect with our facilitator for personalized learning experience by attending office hours sessions. The series is delivered as a multipart event with 4 live workshops, including assignments that will test and prepare you as you implement innovative design approaches.


  • Wednesday, January 26, 2022: Noon - 1:30 pm CT
  • Wednesday, February 23, 2022: Noon - 1:30 pm CT
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2022: Noon - 1:30 pm CT
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2022: Noon - 1:30 pm CT

Facilitated by Thomas Fisher, author of 10 books, 50+ book chapters or introductions, and 450+ articles published in professional journals and major publications. Mr. Fisher is an expert in innovative design practices and has been named a top-25 design educator four times by Design Intelligence. He is the author of the APA PAS Memo, Design Thinking in Planning Practice.

APA’s Design Thinking Series prepares you to:   

  • Apply a deeper understanding of the impact pandemics have had on communities and what long-term effects we can anticipate because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Recognize the complementary role of design and apply new methods to systemic issues. 

  • Implement innovative ideas and approaches to respond to post-pandemic impacts.

  • Develop creative responses and actionable steps that mitigate the pandemic’s negative effects and seize the opportunities that it presents.

    Space is limited: Reserve your spot today!

    Passport 1-year Subscription  APA Design Thinking Series
    Access to APA's Design Thinking Series Included  Included
     Unlimited access for one year to APA's extensive learning library Included  X
     200+ on-demand courses spanning the discipline of planning topics - with CM credits, including Law and Ethics Included  X
    New live and on-demand learning opportunities and immersive workshops throughout the duration of your subscription Included  X
     Full access to future recorded APA conference sessions shortly after the end of the conference Included  X
     Pricing $180  $225 Members
    $450 Nonmembers
       Purchase Subscription  Purchase the Design Thinking Series