The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Jacob Klopfenstein

Name: Jacob Klopfenstein
Undergraduate Major: Journalism
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana

How did you discover urban planning?
I have always been a geography and maps geek, ever since I was a kid. Through my journalism career, I have covered lots of city government meetings and other civic processes in cities, and that sparked my interest in learning what keeps cities running and how we can make them better.

 Why did you choose the MCMP program at U of Utah?
The U.’s MCMP program provides lots of opportunities for specializing your degree and tailoring it to your specific interests within planning.

What are your career goals?
As climate change continues getting worse, I would like to be involved in making cities greener and more sustainable for the future. I would also like to make sure my planning career is as inclusive as possible, with diverse voices informing the planning projects I’m involved in.

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.
There are a string of furniture stores in and around my hometown called Klopfenstein Furniture. We’re distantly related to the Klopfensteins who own the stores, but as my dad has always joked, we’re not closely related enough to get a discount.