The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
David Proffitt

David Proffitt’s research focuses on the connections between climate change, transportation, and the built environment. He is writing his dissertation on the effectiveness of state laws in California and Oregon that use the transportation-planning process to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles. Before joining the U’s Metropolitan Planning, Policy + Design Ph.D. program, David was a Fulbright research fellow in India, where he studied planning policies to mitigate the urban heat island in Pune, Maharashtra. He also has worked as a writer/editor & planner at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Phoenix. At the BLM, David was part of a team charged with producing a resource-management plan guiding priorities for a tract of federally owned land in the Sonoran Desert the size of Delaware. He holds a Master’s in Urban & Environmental Planning from Arizona State University, where he wrote a thesis examining the feasibility and potential impact of redeveloping the Phoenix metro area’s vast system of irrigation canals as public spaces that formed the focus of a non-motorized transportation network. Earlier in his career, David was a professional journalist. He spent more than 12 years covering business, crime, arts & culture — and of course architecture and planning — for newspapers and magazines. An avid skier, David also spends as much time as possible exploring the canyons and ski slopes of the Wasatch Mountains.