The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Yi Wei

Name: YI WEI
Undergraduate Major: Engineering Management
Hometown: Shanghai, China

How did you discover urban planning?
When I received my fist Master of Science degree in Building construction and Facility management from Georgia Tech. I realized that construction management purely focuses on one/single project’s management. That typically was not enough to broaden my horizon in the future. Therefore, in addition to project management, I believed firmly that I should also learn how to fit multiple projects into local planning climate. That would be definitely interesting specialized area for me to pursue second Master’s degree in City &Metropolitan Planning at theUniversity of Utah.

Why did you choose the MCMP program at U of Utah?
Salt Lake City is a great region to explore for MCMP program students. There have been a lot of opportunities about city planning projects under the way currently in SLC. I believe that combining MCMP program’s study with SLC city planning trends, I can put my knowledge into practice very effectively during my study in U of U.

What are your career goals?
I hope to become a professional urban planner with comprehensive knowledge in planning, zoning and economics. Moreover, after considering multiple planning projects in city setting, I will also be more competent in construction project manager with knowledge in construction cost estimation, LEED AP, green infrastructure, scheduling, drone, BIM etc.

What would you tell prospective students about the MCMP program?
MCMP is a fascinating program designed for students who hope to become one of the best professional planners in the USA, and even the world. It is a widely-accredited program by APA and you will get a lot of benefits and learn new know-how from this program if you apply.

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.
I watch NBA basketball games, but I’ve never played basketball.