Matt Wheelwright is a doctoral student in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning. After completing his undergraduate studies in Construction Management, Matt headed to Southern California to build semi-custom homes as well as lead intensive high density infill and light commercial projects. Building homes on some of the largest master planned communities in the United States, he made note of successes and failures in the built environment and aspired to contribute to urban development in more productive and influential ways. Particularly concerned for the inadequate ways that cities and developers considered the social and psychological needs of its population, especially the lower income housing units, Matt chose to return to school first for a Master in Business Administration degree and now a PhD. His hands on experience and passion for better places adds a new set of talents to the Metropolitan Research Center team where he will work on iUtah research projects with the hopes of bringing better construction and planning practices to Utah communities and the built environment.