Petra Hurtado

Petra (Stieninger) Hurtado is the founder of Urban Breezes and based in Chicago. She has a Ph.D. in urban planning from the Vienna University of Technology.

Currently, Petra is the Research Director at the American Planning Association, heading APA’s research programs and foresight practice. In this role, she is responsible for expanding a future-focused research agenda, advancing planning practices that assist communities in navigating change, and developing APA’s foresight practice to inform APA’s strategic governance. Her areas of expertise and research include urban futures and foresight, urban sustainability, smart cities, emerging technologies, nature-based solutions, and environmental psychology.

In addition, Petra teaches a course on how to use foresight in planning (Community Visioning with Foresight) at the University of Maryland and a course on  urban sustainability and environmental psychology (Psychology of Urban Sustainability) at the Vienna University of Technology.
Prior to joining APA, she worked as an advisor, planner, researcher, and educator in the global urban sustainability arena.
Additionally, she has been a guest lecturer at Harvard GSD, Loyola University Chicago and the Universidad Tecnologica de Bolivar. Petra has authored and co-authored multiple books, research papers, publicly funded reports, and articles and has presented as a subject matter expert at numerous conferences around the globe.

Publications and Articles:

Click here for Petra’s Urban Breezes blog articles

Hurtado, P. / Shah, S. / DeAngelis, J. / Gomez, A. (2022): 2022 Trend Report for Planners, American Planning Association 

Hurtado, P. (2021): 7 Game-Changing Trends and How to Plan for Them, Planning, American Planning Association 

Hurtado, P. with Rouse, D. / Hitchings, B. (2021): Smart Cities: Integrating Technology, Community, and Nature, PAS Report No. 599, American Planning Association 

Hurtado, P. / Gomez, A. (2021): Coming Soon(ish): 6 Planning Trends on APA’s Watchlist, Planning, American Planning Association

Hurtado, P. (2021): Planning With Foresight, PAS QuickNotes No 94, American Planning Association 

Hurtado, P. / Gomez, A. (2021): 7 Trends Knocking at the Planning Office Door, Planning, American Planning Association 

Hurtado, P. / Gomez, A. (2021): Smart City Digital Twins Are a New Tool for Scenario Planning. Planning. American Planning Association

Hurtado. P (2021): The Future of Planning Is Agile, People-centric, and Technologically Advanced. APA Blog. American Planning Association

Hurtado, P. (2020): Biophilia. PAS QuickNotes, American Planning Association

Hurtado, P. (2020): A Necessary Paradigm Shift in How We Use Urban Space, APA Blog. American Planning Association 

Stieninger Hurtado, P. (2018): From Sustainable Cities to Sustainable People – Making Behaviour Change towards Sustainability a Priority in Urban Planning Processes, in: Schrenk, M. / Popovich, V.V. / Zeile, P. / Elisel, P. / Beyer, C. / Navratil, G.: REAL CORP 2018 Proceedings/Tagungsband, 4-6 April 2018

Stieninger Hurtado P. (2018) From Sustainable Cities to Sustainable People—Changing Behavior Towards Sustainability with the Five A Planning Approach. In: Leal Filho W., Marans R., Callewaert J. (eds) Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research. World Sustainability Series. Springer, Cham

Stieninger, P. (2016): The Smart Building in the Smart City, in: Integration of Nature and Technology for Smart Cities, Springer

Stieninger, P. (2016): Understanding the Occupant’s Behavior, in: Integration of Nature and Technology for Smart Cities, Springer

Stieninger, P. (2016): International Rating Systems for Smart Buildings and Smart Cities, in: Integration of Nature and Technology for Smart Cities, Springer

Stieninger, P. (2014): From Energy-Efficient Cities to Energy-Efficient People – The Five A’s Planning Approach; in: Landscape Architecture Frontiers 009, Volume 2, Issue 3, 2014.6

Stieninger, P. et al. (2014): Nachhaltige Wassertechnologien und Infrastruktur. Zielmarktanalyse USA, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Stieninger, P. et al. (2014): Energieeffiziente Verkehrssysteme. Zielmarktanalyse USA, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Stieninger, P. (2013): Changing Human Behavior towards Energy Saving through Urban Planning. Creation of a new Planning Approach. Lessons learned from Europe and North America, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing

Stieninger, P. et al. (2013): Smart City. Zielmarktanalyse USA, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Stieninger, P. (2012): AWO Branchenreport: USA Smart Cities – US-Markt für kommunale Infrastruktur, Austrian Economic Chambers

Stieninger, P. (2010): Verkehrserschließung für die Trendzone Linz-Mitte, Analyse und Bewertung von Verkehrserschließungsvarianten nach verkehrstechnischen und raumplanerischen Aspekten, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller