Letter From The Chair

PEOPLE … PLACE …. PURPOSE … PLANNING … PROSPERITY

LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

This is an exciting time for the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning (C&MP) at the University of Utah. The department has grown rapidly from just one faculty member in 2004 to 12 today and now offers a full-slate of programs including an accredited Masters degree, PhD, Master of Real Estate Development (in partnership with the School of Business), 4 Graduate Certificates, and an undergraduate major and minor in Urban Ecology. Our Master of City & Metropolitan Planning is the only accredited planning program in the States of Utah, Montana, Wyoming, and Nevada.

Our Metropolitan Research Center has been awarded over $13 million in research grants that have been supporting numerous graduate students while contributing knowledge and tools to inform better metropolitan growth and development. The recently-created Ecological Planning Center is undertaking innovative research and practice at the intersection of the biology, landscape architecture, and urban planning with a focus on designing and building in harmony with nature.

The Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah is a community of faculty and students dedicated to enhancing the health and vitality of towns, cities, and regions through place-based and integrated approaches to building in harmony with nature, placemaking, capacity-building, and quality growth.

While our gaze is global, the Salt Lake City region serves as a local laboratory and we are fortunate to have a rich heritage of planning upon which to build, from the original town platting by Mormon settlers (recipient of a Planning Landmark Award from the AICP) to the renowned ongoing work of Envision Utah. With Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, C&MP hosts the Annual Mayor’s Symposium on timely local topics that are also the focus of several classes and workshops. The theme of 2014 Mayor’s Symposium will be: Mountain Urbanism, Mountain Modernism.

The Salt Lake City Workshop and Westside Studio bring together students from a range of disciplines around the university to work with community partners, envision best possibilities, and work toward realizing these visions. We are proud to be the university home of the Center for the Living City, the international organization advancing the work of Jane Jacobs through publications and events including the annual Jane Jacob’s Walks, For the upcoming 2014 year so far, 202 walks have been scheduled, including 16 Internationally (in Brazil, India, Argentina, Italy, Canada, Israel, and Germany) and 186 in the US in 43 different cities.

Building upon this momentum, we look forward to extending our breadth and depth through working with students from across the country and around the globe as well as our local partners and the professional community. We are passionate about what we do and invite you to join us in our quest to take the next step beyond sustainability – toward prosperity for all.

Nan Ellin, PhD