WILL BECKER (MCMP)
As a native of Salt Lake City I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy a unique urban setting that is minutes from beautiful natural surroundings. The Wasatch Mountains that bound Salt Lake Valley’s growing urban population is home to wildlife, offer amazing outdoor recreation, and provide the natural resources that sustain human life. Watching urban areas like Salt Lake City grow while managing and protecting their natural resources has been a driving force throughout my academic career and has motivated my desire for a profession in planning.
As a University of Utah Master of City and Metropolitan Planning student, I intend to use my degree to create and enhance vibrant communities, while increasing people’s quality of life through smart sustainable planning.
CHELSEA GAUTHIER (MCMP)
Originally a ballerina from Alabama, I followed my artistic passion to Salt Lake City. While in the west, I became fascinated with the connection of people to the places we live in and how both the built and natural environments facilitate such connections. I became attached to the beauty of the mountains, the natural nuances within our city, and the unique identity and community character of the region. After graduating from the University of Utah with a BS in Urban Planning, I decided to further pursue my interests in historic preservation and urban ecology. My graduate studies focus on rediscovering, preserving, and restoring our communities, specifically illuminating the complexities, interconnections, and importance of maintaining a harmonic relationship between our urban and natural ecosystems.
SARA MEESS (MCMP)
I obtained a BA in Anthropology from the University of California – Berkeley in 2006. After graduating, I moved to Utah and began to work as an archaeologist. Archaeology instilled in me a sense of wonder and curiosity about the interaction between people and place. Over time, my interests shifted from prehistory to more recent history, and to historic architecture and landscapes. I began working on projects to document and evaluate the historic built environment. As a result, I developed a broader interest in historic preservation and urban design.
I began the Master of City and Metropolitan Planning program at the University of Utah in the fall of 2011. In planning, I am especially interested in historic preservation and urban design. I believe these approaches will help us to create high-quality compact development, which will in turn reduce our impact on the environment. I am also interested in transit planning and transit-oriented development. I hope to combine historic preservation, urban design, and transit planning to develop places that will sustain us and our environment.