The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Alyssa Florack

Name: Alyssa Florack
Undergraduate Major: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Green Bay, WI

How did you discover urban planning?
During my undergrad, I studied abroad in Australia and had one extra spot in my schedule, so I signed up for a class called Sociology of the City. I’d never heard of planning before that class, but suddenly surrounded by students majoring in it, I was introduced to some basic theories of planning and the social issues that they are inherently interconnected with.

Why did you choose the MCMP program at U of Utah?
After finishing my undergrad, I worked for a few years as a seasonal outdoor guide and educator across the Rocky Mountains, falling in love with the West’s big rivers and immense mountains. I love Salt Lake’s ability to connect an urban environment to the natural landscape. I knew I wanted to pursue a career in environmental law and policy, and both the U’s law school and MCMP program have great programs in the field.

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.
Despite growing up on the wonderful lakes of Wisconsin, I really only learned how to swim (beyond dog paddling) 2 years ago in Thailand, thanks to my wonderful partner Ty who refused to take me surfing until I could swim to the pier and back.