Name: Anthony K. A. Fletcher
Undergraduate Major: Environmental Science
Hometown: Tema, Ghana.
How did you discover urban planning?
I grew up in the first master-planned city in Ghana, Tema, which was designed, planned and developed, in the 1950s, by an award-winning urban planner and Ghana’s first formally trained and professionally certified architect, T. S. Clerk.
Until I started visiting other places in my country and beyond, I always thought, as a child, that everywhere else was like my city or ought to be like Tema. I was wrong. Every city and town was different due to how it started. In my quest to understand and be a part of making the world a better place to live in, based on my experience at the time, I lightly discovered urban planning. This passion led me to an internship experience with a think tank that happens to be the apex body of planning in Ghana, the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC). During my internship, (which later became employment), I had the opportunity to work closely with the persons in charge of environmental, spatial, and transportation policy and planning, which furthered my interest in planning and development as a career path.
This experience continues to inspire me to learn and work towards bridging the gap between the environment (i.e., Built & natural), spatial development, and transportation.
Why did you choose the MCMP program at U of Utah?
I chose the U’s MCMP program because it is structured to provide adequate theoretical and practical knowledge and skills, taught by seasoned professors. The faculty at the department continually present opportunities and support for academic success and career growth, regardless of race.
Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.
I am a professionally skilled “chef” and a connoisseur of good food and drinks.