First of all, I apologize for my English which is a little bit poor, but i swear to do my best...
I'm living in France, and i'm a novice in Urban planning. It means that i'm working in an Urban Planning agency (since 8 months), and at the same time i'm studying at School (IUG : Institut d'Urbanisme de Grenoble) --> 3 weeks at work, and 1 week at school. I don't know if this kind of thing exists in the US, but it's a good way to learn the job.
I had also study philosophy (3 years), and i'm trying to apply it in Urban studies.
I'm coming on this board, because i'm curious to know how you consider Urbanism on the other side of the sea.
Moreover, a lot of US projects and theories bring my attention, especially the "New urbanism" movement.
And if you have questions about Urbanism in france, it will be a pleasure to discuss with you.