Paul Sedway


Sedway Consulting

San Francisco Director

Paul Sedway has been a member of SPUR and an urban planning consultant for over 50 years. He has served on its board and executive committee and is currently co-chair of its advisory council. He was the co-chair of its Regional Planning Committee for several years. He serves on the Mayor’s Market Street Redesign Advisory Committee.


Sedway received undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University, and a master in city planning degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He was the third alumnus of UCB’s Department of City and Regional Planning among all graduates since 1947 to receive its Distinguished Alumni Award, at Commencement, 2001.


He served as national vice president of the American Institute of Planners (AIP) and was later elected to the national board of directors of the American Planning Association (APA). Sedway was elected to the inaugural class of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 1999, received the National Distinguished Service Award from APA and was named “Planner of the Year” by its California Chapter. He is on the Executive Committee of the San Francisco District Council of the Urban Land Institute, and served on the Board of Directors of Lambda Alpha, Golden Gate Chapter, an honorary land economics society.


Sedway was the founder and principal of Sedway Cooke Associates, at one time the largest planning-only consulting firm in the nation, with a local and national practice. It did planning in 17 of the 50 states, 33 of California’s 58 counties, including all 9 of the Bay Area’s counties and 37 of its 101 cities. Locally, the firm undertook the first major planning studies for Hunter’s Point Shipyard, Chinatown, Downtown, Geary Boulevard and environs, and Alcatraz Island, as well as the San Francisco and Bay Region Ocean Coastline.


He authored the book, Land and the Environment: Planning in California Today (William A. Kaufmann Publishers,1975), and co-edited Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice, (International City/County Management Association, 2009).


His wife, Lynn, is a prominent real estate and urban economist. They live in San Francisco.