The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Hyojeong Ko

Name: Hyojeong Ko

Undergraduate Major: Urban Ecology B.S.

Hometown: South Korea, Jeonju



How did you discover urban planning? 
I didn’t know that cities were planned – I only thought buildings were built where and what the landowner wanted to build on. As I grew older, I started to learn about the city plans and how it’s laid out intentionally, to enhance efficiency, aesthetics and many more. It simply grabbed my attention to the beauty and complexity of city planning and that’s how I got into urban planning.

Why did you choose the MCMP program at the U of Utah? 
Utah is one of the states that is well planned and is working hard on resilience and sustainability. To learn from the lab of Utah, I considered U of U to be a great place to extend my education as a future city planner.

If you have work experience or have completed an internship, tell us about that experience.
I have been working in a documentary production company, that focuses on environmental issues around the globe. My tasks were to research the ongoing issues, analyze contents, and interview environmental specialists. It was truly intriguing since my focus was on Covid-19 and the disposed masks. Which are a huge deal recently. I learned how our daily actions could have an impact on the earth and had a chance to think about how planning could help this issue.

What are your career goals? 
My ultimate goal is to make the world a better place. To achieve that, I could be a city planner that balances resilience and sustainability for well-being, or I could also be a transportation expert to encourage public transportation uses. Or I could be part of global organizations that support for green growth. I am opened to many jobs that could help me establish my final goal.

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.
I love to sniff candles! (Especially Bahama Breeze from the Yankee Candles)