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Summer 2003


Nohad S. Toulan -- Interviews, Urban planning -- Oregon, Land use planning -- Oregon


A native of Egypt, Nohad Toulan has been a faculty member at Portland State University since 1972 when he founded the Urban Studies Program at Portland State University. Under his leadership the program evolved from modest beginnings as an undergraduate certificate progam into a Ph.D. grant ing school and in 2000 it became the College of Urban and Public Affairs. The college has maintained its stature as one of the leading urban studies programs in the nation. Dr. Toulon also founded the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies in 1993. Trained as an engineer and planner, Dr. Toulon has been an internationally recognized leader both in higher education and in the planning of the Portland region.

Dean Toulan's interviewer, Sumner Sharpe, was his colleague as a Professor of Urban Studies and Planning (1968-1985). He is currently a planning consultant, associated with Parametrix, Inc., a Portland firm.


Originally appeared in the Summer 2003 edition of Metroscape®, published by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University.

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