The Ukraine Rebuilding Action Group (URAG) is established by the American Planning Association International Division. As a volunteer-based organization, the URAG's task is to develop and facilitate projects and programs to assist Ukrainian rebuilding through networking, capacity building, knowledge sharing, and collaboration.
The American Planning Association International Division is committed to assist to Ukraine in its recovery in collaboration with Ukrainian planners, architects, builders, government officials, and community members.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014 and a full-scale military assault in 2022 have a catastrophic impact on Ukraine's cities. However, post-war reconstruction provides opportunities to make Ukraine more modern and competitive than before. Well planned and carried through, reconstruction will ensure a brighter and stronger future for Ukraine.
URAG will present at the 2023 American Planning Association National Planning Conference! Session (NPC23): Assisting Ukraine Rebuild: Connect, Collaborate, and Deliver.
URAG in collaboration with Ro3Kvit will present at the 35th Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) Congress 2023 Lodz. Topic: The Public Participation Handbook of Urban Planning for Ukraine Recover.
The URAG started with the session "Brainstorming Ukraine's Post-War Reconstruction" during the 2022 National Planning Conference in San Diego. The session inspired speakers to develop a team of planners to explore the potential to provide planning assistance to Ukraine for post-war recovery. Later, the team developed into the Ukraine Rebuilding Action Group.
Currently, the URAG consists of a team of core members led by Tim Van Epp, FAICP, PP. Over 60 APA members, international planners, and officials have expressed interest in supporting the group.
Help institutionalize and support planning education in Ukraine.
Help organize and mobilize an association of Ukraine professional planners.
Collaborate with and influence APA and other relevant key organizations.
Develop publications on Ukraine's recovery and rebuild.
Provide capacity building and technical assistance.
Tim Van Epp, FAICP, PP - Chair (USA)
Svitlana Biriuk, Ph.D. (Ukraine)
Lyndsey Deaton, Ph.D., RA, AICP, PMP, LEED GA (USA)
Oleksandr Dovbnia (Ukraine)
Kellie Dziedzic, AICP (USA)
Nathan Goldberg, AICP (USA)
Nathan Hutson, Ph.D. (USA)
Michael Kolber, AICP (USA)
Gala Korniyenko, Ph.D. (Ukraine)
Irene Navis, AICP (USA)
Krishna Shrivastava, AICP (USA)
Stiftel, Bruce, Ph.D. FAICP (USA)
Jing Zhang, AICP (USA)