The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Maddy McDonough

Name: Maddy McDonough
Undergraduate Major: Theatre
Hometown: Tustin, California

How did you discover urban planning?
After working as a middle and high school teacher for seven years, I wanted to transition into a career that could have a larger scale of impact while still using my penchant for creativity.  I looked at policy, public administration, and architecture before ultimately concluding that planning was where my interests intersected and I would have the potential to do the most good.

Why did you choose the MCMP program at U of Utah?
This ultimately came down to access and opportunity.  The U provides an opportunity to study what I want to study in a way that makes sense for my interests and goals.  The ability to take elective classes in the Education, Culture, and Society program, for example, has added nuance to my study of the ways in which planning impacts educational inequity.   I have also had access to researchers studying a multitude of subjects related to my interest, such as Daniel Mendoza who is actively studying the way in which air quality affects student attendance in K-12 schools.

What would you tell prospective students about the MCMP program? 
This program provides a pretty amazing opportunity to study urban planning both theoretically and practically.  And because of the strength and depth of the program here at the U, students are well-connected to professionals working in the city both during and after graduation.

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.
I have titanium plates in my jaw.  And everyone knows that Brad Potter lived in a van.