The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Delaney Sillman

Name: Delaney Sillman
Undergraduate Major: B.S. Global Health B.A. International Studies
Hometown: Ames, Iowa

How did you discover urban planning?
Firstly, through Parks and Rec (the T.V. show). But, I discovered my love for it while I was studying global health at the University of Iowa. While volunteering at a school west of the city I was privy to conversations about dissolving the school in order to create room for two new schools which would serve very distinct neighborhoods. This was one of the first times that I considered the impact of a few feet and one or two lanes of road. After moving to Chicago the impact became even clearer and the conflict surrounding infrastructure became a constant whispering in the background of almost all public issues. Why did you choose the MCMP program at U of Utah? While researching University of Utah’s Public Health program I came across a class called “Land Use Law”. While I was working in Chicago at a legal aid organization many of my clients described disenfranchisement as a result of historic zoning and development discrimination. So I was fascinated. I spoke to Keith Bartholomew about the potential of Public Health and City Planning and knew that I wanted to study in a space that encourages interdisciplinary exploration.

If you have done an internship, tell us about that experience.
I have done a Public Health internship in my undergraduate through Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement in Mysore, Karnataka in India. This was a research position with the purpose of investigating vaccination schedules in 5 tribes in southern Karnataka province. I was principally responsible for data analysis based on records collected by local community health workers.

What are your career goals?
I would like to combine public health and city planning, potentially working in the public sector. In addition, I have a deep interest in food security and utilizing public urban spaces for the production of food in a community-oriented manner.

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.
I love ceramics and planned on being a studio artist for the first 20 years of my life.