Name: Anthony Biamont
Undergraduate Major: Bachelor of Architecture at Oklahoma State University
Hometown: Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Bentonville, Arkansas
LinkedIn page: linkedin.com/in/biamont
How did you discover urban planning?
One of the first project teams I was assigned to as an architect was a humble project that involved the redevelopment of a mostly abandoned strip mall in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Black community. The efforts faced innumerable economic, social, and political challenges. Decades of discriminatory land use policy were compacted by the depressed economic conditions and municipal infrastructure neglect. Unsurprisingly these conditions led to social issues including poverty, illness, crime, and service gaps. This experience motivated me to increase my capacity to advocate for social causes through good policy that serves all communities, especially those that have been long neglected. After being exposed to the effects of unjust policy, I believe that understanding the forces that produce inequality is essential to disrupting them.
Why did you choose the MCMP program at U of Utah?
I chose the Master of City and Metropolitan Planning program at the University of Utah because of the degree’s comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to urban planning and social policy. The MCMP program acknowledges that climate change, smart growth, and environmental sustainability are social justice issues. Being able to personalize my study to include housing, community development, and urban design will allow me to understand planning’s effects on an array of social issues.
If you have work experience or have completed an internship, tell us about that experience.
I completed two summer internships between semesters as an undergrad. I worked for a large architecture firm specializing in retail, hospitality, and office design. I also worked within a space planning and layout team for a national retailer. For the last four years, I have worked as a project architect for an architecture studio in Oklahoma City. I have grown and gained valuable experience through exposure to a vast range of project scales and types from small office renovations to large historical preservation and adaptive reuse developments.
Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.
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