The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Molly Gaughran

Name: Molly Gaughran
Undergraduate Major: Operations Management; Health, Society & Policy
Hometown: Kaneohe, Hawaii
Email: molly.gaughran@utah.edu

How did you discover urban planning?
After finishing my undergraduate studies, I started a career in healthcare administration. I wasn’t aware of the urban planning profession at that point, but I was longing to do something that would help to create healthier communities that wouldn’t need to rely so heavily on the healthcare system. I had the happy accident of meeting a group of city planners in Copenhagen, Denmark. When I heard about their experiences in the field, I knew I needed to look into the career more. It didn’t take long to sense that it was the right path for me.

Why did you choose the MCMP program at U of Utah?
Having studied and worked at the university for years, I know it’s a school that genuinely cares for its students and provides opportunities for them to pursue their passion. Specifically, the MCMP program offers a lot of depth for students to explore specialties in the field, connect with faculty about their research and professional projects, and begin to carve a career path. Not to mention, it’s located in beaUTAHful Salt Lake City!

What would you tell prospective students about the MCMP program?
The location of the program will play a significant role in your education. The city and nearby areas will often be the base for case-studies and research, and it’s also where you’ll start to build your network in the profession. For me, the MCMP program was a natural choice. Utah is an incredible place to live, with growing cities and an abundance of outdoor recreation. If you’re able to, come visit the campus and surrounding areas! Also, feel free to reach out to staff or students with any questions you have.

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.
I’ve lived in Hawaii, California, Idaho, Alsace (France), Baden-Württemberg (Germany), and now Utah! I’d love the opportunity to live and work abroad again in the future.