The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Jay Sheng

Name: Jay Sheng
Undergraduate Major: Landscape Architecture
Hometown: Jiang Xi, China

How did you discover urban planning?
After I graduated from landscape architecture, I thought I should consider more general and comprehensive in my designs and planning. I need a major which could improve my vision of design and create a sense of contributing to society. I approached some fields which relate to urban planning such as site planning, community engagement, and site observation before I got in the MCMP program, and I am sure that urban planning is my choice.

Why did you choose the MCMP program at U of Utah?
Salt Lake City has some great planning cases such as UTA Bus, TRAX, and small town planning. In addition, Salt Lake City and its suburbs and satellite cities have been growing rapidly since 2016. These make more and more people focus on the city which has rich potential. Moreover, some competent and professional professors are instructing and enlightening many students who have strong ambitions in urban planning. These professors make the MCMP program attractively and meaningfully. 

If you have done an internship, tell us about that experience.
My internship job this summer was researching the feasibility of micro mobility for Millcreek to help them create a future micro mobility plan. It did not only give me some issues which I have never met before, but I was able to overcome them. For example, contacting other professionals and practitioners, for the purpose of quantitative and qualitative analyses. It also provided some benefits which will make me more successful in the future specifically a deeper understanding of how cities work and some factors you need to consider when you are planning. The summer internship improved my professional skills and experiences, I recommend that the students who would like to join the career of urban planning should take an internship before they start to work.

What are your career goals?
I am interested in urban design; this makes me combine my learning of landscape architecture and urban planning. That is the reason I chose the urban design as my specialization. I hope I can find a balance between planning and design in my career, and add some interesting elements such as sustainability and environment-friendly for my planning. Humans hurt nature and our living environments a lot; it is the time to fix by our hands. We can do it, right?

What would you tell prospective students about the MCMP program?
Be humble but don’t be shy. Professors are elites, and classmates are nice. So, feel free to reach out for any further questions. If you have any questions about planning and your study, I would like to help you clear your confusion.