ANDREW MONDSCHEIN

Assistant Professor, Urban + Environmental Planning

Education: University of California, Los Angeles, PhD and MA, Urban Planning; Yale University, BA, Architecture


Andrew Mondschein, PhD AICP, is an assistant professor of urban and environmental planning at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. He studies transportation systems and travel behavior, seeking to foster equitable, sustainable accessibility in cities and regions.  He addresses a rapidly changing terrain of transportation and information technologies, identifying means to assert social imperatives during a period of urban transformation.  His research emphasizes the role of information and knowledge in fostering individual- and community-level capability and control over mobility.

Andrew teaches a range of transportation courses, including “Introduction to Transportation Planning and Policy,” “Transportation and Land Use,” and “Transportation and the Environment,” as well as masters and PhD methods. He emphasizes bridging emerging methods with critical and instrumental thinking, and an ethical approach to urban planning. Andrew serves on the PhD Committee for the School of Architecture's PhD in the Constructed Environment and is Chair of the Education Comittee for the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center. He also serves on the City of Charlottesville's PLACE Urban Design Task Force.


Andrew is a faculty member in the UVA Center for Transportation Studies, serves as Chair of the Education Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability research consortium, and is a member of the Standing Committee on Social and Economic Factors in Transportation of the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board.

Andrew’s research appears in peer-reviewed journals including Urban Studies, Transportation, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, the Journal of Transport Geography, the Journal of Transport and Health, and as book chapters including the Routledge International Handbook of Walking and Healthy Environments, Healing Spaces: Practices and Directions in Health, Planning, and Design. Research funding includes grants from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Transportation, the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Haynes Foundation, and the UVA Center for Global Innovation and Inquiry. His research has been recognized in the press in The Washington Post, NPR, and The Atlantic’s Citylab.

  • Mondschein, Andrew.  2018, Forthcoming.  “Healthy Transportation: A Question of Mobility or Accessibility.” In Healthy Environments, Healing Spaces: Current Practices and Future Directions in Health, City Planning, and Design, Tim Beatley, Carla Jones, and Rueben Rainey, eds.  Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.
  • Morris, Eric, Andrew Mondschein, and Evelyn Blumenberg.  2018.  “Is Bigger Better? Metropolitan Area Population, Access, Activity Participation, and Quality of Life.” Journal of Transportation and Land Use. 11(1): 153-179.
  • Mondschein, Andrew and Brian D. Taylor.  2017.  “Is Congestion Overrated?  Examining the Highly Variable Effects of Congestion on Travel and Accessibility.” Journal of Transport Geography. 64: 65-76. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2017.08.007
  • Mondschein, Andrew.  2017.  “Passeggiata Nuova:  Social Travel in the Era of the Smartphone.” The Routledge International Handbook of Walking, C. Michael Hall, Yael Ram, Noam Shoval, eds.  London: Routledge. Pages 137-146.
  • Hankey, Steven, Tianjun Lu, Andrew Mondschein, and Ralph Buehler.  2017.  “Spatial models of active travel in small communities: Merging the goals of traffic monitoring and direct-demand modeling.”  Journal of Transport and Health. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2017.08.009
  • Mondschein, Andrew and Emily Parkany.  2017. “Hitting the Sweet Spot:  The Variability in Commute Lengths and Vehicle Emissions across a Diverse State.” Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. 54: 348-359.
  • Mondschein, Andrew, Joel Lehman, Stephen Johnson, Peter Ohlms, and John Miller.  2017.  “Road User Education and Multimodal Planning: Can Capability be a Part of the Process?”  Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2654: 20-28.
  • Mondschein, Andrew.  2015. “Five-Star Transportation:  Using Online Activity Reviews to Examine Mode Choice to Non-Work Destinations,” Transportation 42: 707-722.
  • Mondschein, Andrew, Evelyn Blumenberg, and Brian D. Taylor.  2010. “Accessibility and Cognition:  The Effect of Transportation Mode on Spatial Knowledge,” Urban Studies, 47(4): 845-866.

2017-  New Delhi Walkability and Environment Study, University of Virginia School of Architecture

2017-  Community-Centered Urban Sensing, University of Virginia School of Architecture

2017-  Planning for Walking and Cycling in an Autonomous Vehicle Future, Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center

2017-  Polycentric Development Toward the Vision of a 21st Century Main Street in Virginia, National Science Foundation (NSF) Smart and Connected Communities (SCC) Program

2015-2016 Road User Education for Multimodal Streets, Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center

2014-2015 Virginia Sustainable Travel Choices, Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center

2014-2016 Accessibility and Economic Development:  How the Transportation Network Affects the Economic Performance of Regions, Haynes Foundation and UCCONNECT