Academic Deans

Michael K. Woo
Dean, College of Environmental Design

Michael K. WooA longtime leader in urban planning and sustainable development, Michael Woo became College of Environmental Design dean in July 2009.

Since joining the Los Angeles City Planning Commission in 2005, Woo has been a leader on land use and transportation issues, initiated a moratorium on new digital billboards and opened a review of health effects of breathing polluted air in residential developments near freeways. He was the first urban planner elected to the L.A. City Council, where he spearheaded adoption of the Hollywood Redevelopment Plan, founded the Hollywood Farmers Market and played a leading role in choosing the routes and station sites of the Metro Red Line subway.

Woo has served as consultant to ClimatePlan and is a board member of KCRW Foundation, Smart Growth America (chairman), Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (chairman), California Food Policy Advocates, Mural Conservancy and the American Institute of Architects, L.A. Chapter. Woo received his master’s in city planning from UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. He earned a bachelor’s in politics and urban studies at UC Santa Cruz.