Nicholas Busalacchi

Nick Busalacchi is an urban planner and avid student of the city. He is currently a PhD Student at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. His current research focuses on urban communication and development, as well as innovative participatory models for shaping urban space. He is especially interested in exploring World Building as a collaborative, narrative-driven process to mobilize communities around their urban futures.

He earned his Master of Planning (Economic Development) from the University of Southern California and Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to returning to graduate school, he coordinated RFP responses for HNTB Corporations’s federal business unit and helped oversee the environmental planning process for a major rail program in Chicago. Nick enjoys filmmaking and generally anything outdoors in his spare time, and has an abnormal appreciation for ice cream, beer and the Green Bay Packers. Find his musings at @njbusalacchi or