The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Briant Novinska-Lois

Name: Briant Novinska-Lois
Undergraduate Major: Community Engagement & Education
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin

How did you discover urban planning?
I discovered urban planning when I began to learn about and reflect on the patterns of social problems and how they are caused in part by barriers in our built environments. In the process, I learned that access to reliable, efficient transportation may be the most important factor to alleviating poverty. From there, I knew that a degree in urban planning would allow me to help address such problems.

Why did you choose the MCMP program at U of Utah?
I chose the MCMP program at the U of Utah because I knew it has a great reputation for urban planning, with it’s focus on equity, small class sizes, enthusiastic staff, and incredible student outcomes. I also know that I’ll love hiking, mountain biking, and trail running the Wasatch range!

What are your career goals?
My career goal is to be a transportation planner working on designing and developing projects through analyzing and applying physical, economic, and social data.

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.
I’ve ran three half marathons and I’m currently learning how to play the piano!