Welcome to the City & Metropolitan Planning Department at the University of Utah!
The City & Metropolitan Planning Department is a tight-knit academic community of top-tier faculty, leading researchers, dedicated staff, and remarkable students. We are dedicated to diversity and instilling it within our program. Our faculty and students are intimately involved with the local community and conduct innovative and creative community based projects each and every year. We conduct leading research through both the Metropolitan Research Center and the Ecological Planning Center. We offer the unique opportunities to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Ecology, a Master’s Degree in City and Metropolitan Planning, and a Doctoral Degree in Metropolitan Planning, Policy, and Design.
We are striving to create a diverse educational community within the CMP Department. We are exceptionally fortunate to have a body of faculty that consists of over 50% women and a student body that is represented by cultures from around the world. To further improve upon our diversity we are expanding our Urban Ecology Program to the University of Utah Asia Campus in Incheon, South Korea, where faculty and students will be able to teach and learn while being integrated within a new culture.
The faculty and students in our three degree programs are engaged with local communities and are changing the world. Whether through the West Side Studio, our flourishing internship and mentorship programs, our annual Mayor’s Symposium, or one of the many other community engaged projects, our students have the opportunity to engage with the local community. Our West Side Studio has been active since 2011. Each year the Studio selects projects related to community development, urban design, economic development, green infrastructure, and/or arts & culture. The Studio emphasizes the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders from governmental agencies to neighborhood groups and individuals. We believe that these types of opportunities help our students to become more impactful citizens and planners.
The CMP contains two leading research centers in the Metropolitan Research Center (MRC) and the Ecological Planning Center (EPC). The MRC employs as many as 10 graduate students at any given time, and conducts leading research in the areas of smart growth and transportation, economic development, community engagement, and urban design. The EPC was founded in 2011 by a gift from the Swaner Family. Employing as many as 5 graduate students the EPC conducts research that applies the principles of urban ecology, environmental planning, and design and engineering to generate sustainable solutions in planning for equitable, vibrant, and healthy human habitats.
Our most valuable asset is our remarkable student body. Our 40 Urban Ecology (UE) undergraduate students are heavily invested in the local community. Most recently a group of UE students received the2017 STaR James A. Segedy Award for Outstanding Student Project by the American Planning Association for their community based project, Listening to Bluff. The Master of City and Metropolitan Planning (MCMP) Program has 34 students. Our MCMP students have the opportunity to specialize in urban design, smart growth and transportation, ecological planning, or small town and resort planning. Our Doctoral Program in Metropolitan Planning, Policy, and Design features some of the brightest up-and-coming researchers and educators in the field. The majority of our 20 doctoral students are fully funded to work on academic research projects and each of our three graduates (the Doctoral Program is still young) has received tenure track teaching and research positions at universities around the country. In conclusion, I can say with absolute confidence that our students make the CMP Department the great place that it is. Looking forward to seeing you around campus.
Professor Reid Ewing
Chair, City & Metropolitan Planning