The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Ryan S. Hinton

Name: Ryan S. Hinton
Undergraduate Major: Geography – Urban and Regional Planning, SUNY Oneonta, NY 
Hometown: Verona, NJ

How did you discover urban planning?
I grew up in the birthing place of suburbia–New Jersey–with the view of the NYC skyline off in the distance and always wondered why my town didn’t look like that city. The history and complexity of that city has always amazed me. 

While in school I began to study the climatic/environmental issues facing our planet and our species relationship to them. My curiosity of the built and natural environment continued to grow the more I learned about our levels of impact. I decided there was a good chance of helping this situation out by learning about the modern processes that settle and organize our species and I plan on assisting in ways to do it better.  

Why did you choose the MCMP program at U of Utah?
Having the mountains as my backyard influenced me to choose this location and this school is a top-tier R-1 research institution so I was a good choice. Also, the recent growth and projected growth of this region provides for a unique learning experience–living within a city-lab!

If you have done an internship, tell us about that experience.
It was quite a long time ago, but I have done quite a bit of traveling throughout the nation in the meantime. Through this I have been lucky enough to visit a large variety of cities and experience the wide range of similarities and contrasts our built environment has to offer.

What are your career goals?
My ultimate goal with this course of study is to help give planners the tools and resources needed to create sustainable, equitable, and resilient places for our species to continue to survive. Addressing historical housing equity issues and providing research in support of planning as a more scientific endeavor are areas I hope to focus on. 

What would you tell prospective student about the MCMP program?
The academic professionals within this department are incredibly busy making this program stronger all while making sure they are doing whatever they can to lift their students up. The support and genuine care for the students’ future is an assuring feeling while you are getting all your ducks in a row and it will surly lead to a rewarding academic career.

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you. 
I learned how to juggle to so that my brother and I can pass clubs and balls when I go to visit him in NYC. I can also sing Fidelity, by Regina Spektor, from memory… AND hit almost every note.