The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Kyungsuk Chae

Name: Kyungsuk Chae
Undergraduate Major: Urban Ecology
Hometown: South Korea

How did you discover urban planning?
While learning about the ecology of the urban system, I realized that each country has different characteristics of planning to solve the problem. I wonder what changes will occur in the future when the planning methods, related knowledge, and laws change. And, I found that urban planning is a study that could solve this curiosity.

Why did you choose the MCMP program at the University of Utah?
I found out by the professor’s recommendation and after looking into it in detail about U of U program, I chose it to spend more time at the U of U. Because it seemed like a good opportunity to learn in-depth and detailed information about planning theory and GIS programs that I have not learn in detail from my undergraduate studies. This process might provide a wide range of insights to respond to rapidly changing urban environments such as climate change, globalization, and aging and to create sustainable cities.

What are your career goals?

If possible, I want to help people to live in a functional, and sustainable place with what I will learn from grad school (housing & design). To accomplish an ambitious goal is to work as a city planning director. I want to look at various issues about cities with citizens and find a future city that is good to live in. In addition, someday, if I had the chance, I’d like to get a Ph.D. and become a professor.

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.
I love coffee, have international barista certificates and worked as a barista.