Farhad Atash

  • Professor of Planning
  • Office: Rodman Hall, Rm 302
  • Phone: 401.874.2982
  • Email: fatash@uri.edu


Professor Atash began his academic career at URI in 1985. Presently he teaches courses in community planning, site planning and urban design. His research focuses on two areas:

First, it covers community design, land use and transportation in urban and suburban areas in the U.S.A. Specifically, it deals with the strategies to redesign the existing urban and suburban areas for alternative modes of transportation.

His second area of research focuses on urban planning and development in the developing countries, particularly in the Middle East Region. He is interested in national spatial development strategies, new town planning and design as well as transportation and land use planning.


  • Ph.D., Urban Planning and Policy Development, Rutgers University, 1986
  • Master of Regional and Community Planning, Kansas State University, 1981
  • Master of Architecture, Tehran University, 1978

Selected Publications

Atash, F. 2006. “Prospects and Challenges of the Proposed Intermodal Train Station at T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island,” Proceedings of Transportation Research Forum, New York City.

Atash, F., T. McCray and J. Sick 2006. “Developing Intermodal Train Station Projects in Rhode Island,” Proceedings of Transportation Research Board Conference, Washington, D.C.

Atash, F. and K. Woodward 2004. “Linking Land Use and Transportation Planning in Aquidneck, Island, RI: A Regional Perspective,” Proceedings of the National Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities, Colorado Springs, CO.

Atash, F. 2004. “Guiding New Development at the Waters Edge: Site Planning and Design Principles,” Proceedings of the Coastal Society Conference, Newport, Rhode Island.

Atash, F. 2000. “The Revival of America’s Downtowns: The Role of Urban Design in Transforming Downtown Providence, RI,,” in Ooi Giok Ling, ed., Model Cities: Urban Best Practices, The Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore.

Atash, F. 2000. “New Towns and Future Urbanization in Iran,,” International Development Planning Review, Vol. 22, No. 1.

Atash, F and Y.S. Beheshtiha 1998. “New Towns and Their Practical Challenges: The Experience of Poulad Shahr in Iran,,” Habitat International, Vol.22, No.1.

Atash, F., R. Shaw and W. Lee 1996. “Multimodal Transportation Strategies can Alleviate Traffic Congestion in Small Urban Areas,,” Small Town, Vol.27, No.2.

Atash, F. 1996. “Reorienting Metropolitan Land use and Transportation Policies in the U.S.A.,,” Land Use Policy, Vol.13, No.1.

Atash, F. and Y.S. Beheshtiha 1994. “The Urban Dimension of Population Explosion in Iran: The Prospects for the Satellite Town Program in Esfahan Region,” Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, Vol.11, No.4.

Atash, F. 1994. “Redesigning Suburbia for Walking and Transit: The Emerging Concepts,” Journal of Urban Planning and Development, Vol.120, No.1.

Experience of the Middle Eastern and North African Cities,” Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, Vol.10, No.4.

Atash, F. 1993. “Mitigating Traffic Congestion in Suburbs: An Evaluation of Land-Use Strategies,” Transportation Quarterly, Vol.47, No.4.

Atash, F. and X. Wang 1990. “Satellite Town Development in Shanghai, China: An Overview,” Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Vol.7, No.3.

Atash, F. 1990. “Local Land Use Regulations in the U.S.A.: A Study of Their Impacts on Housing Costs,” Land Use Policy, Vol.7, No.3.

Atash, F. 1987. “Urban Growth and Farmland Preservation: An Assessment of Alternative Programs,” in William Lockeretz, ed., Sustaining Agriculture Near Cities, Soil Conservation Society of America, Ankeny, Iowa.

Professional Projects

Understanding the Activity and Travel Patterns of Teenagers Living in Providence, Rhode Island. Principal Investigators: T. McCray, F. Atash, C. Collyer, D. Cunnigen, J. Lucht. University of Rhode Island Transportation Center, 2006, $205,000.

Developing Intermodal Transportation Station Projects: A Public-Private Partnership Approach. Principals Investigators: F. Atash, T. McCray. University of Rhode Island Transportation Center, 2005, $49,930.

Developing and Applying a Transportation Model for Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island. Principal Investigators: F. Atash and K. Woodward. University of Rhode Island Transportation Center, 2002, $51,459.

Magnet and Induced Impacts of Quonset Container Port, Rhode Island. Principal Investigators: F. Atash, H. Foster and A. Dellabitta. University of Rhode Island Transportation Center, 2001, $37,500.

The Evaluation Study of TCSP Project in Providence, RI. Department of Planning and Development of the City of Providence, RI, 2000, $10,000.

Saving the Old New England Stonewalls. Principal Investigators: F. Atash and D. Abedon. Rhode Island Department of Transportation, 1999, $34,000.

A Study to Formulate Multimodal Transportation Strategies to Alleviate Traffic Congestion in Small Urban Areas of New England. Principal Investigators: F. Atash, W. Lee and R. Shaw. The Region One University Transportation Center at M.I.T., 1993, $20,000.