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November 4, 2020

Alumni Profile: Steven C. Smith

Erika Harris, Director for Marketing & Communications, sat down with Master of Infrastructure Planning & Management (MIPM) Alumni, Steven C. Smith, to find out what he’s been up to since graduating. Let’s jump in. What’s your name, position, and title? S: I’m Steven C. Smith. I use my middle initial because I’m so generic and…


March 5, 2020

All about balance

How a hotshot firefighter manages a demanding career and the rigors of graduate school There are just over 100 hotshot firefighter crews in the United States. They’re part of U.S. Forest Service’s elite firefighting team, a group of specially trained professionals that fight fire in some of the most extreme conditions. During fire season, they…


March 3, 2020

LCY Bellevue Civic Center Project Wraps Up

Master of Urban Planning (MUP) Studios – Livable City Year, Bellevue Recently, students of the LCY Bellevue Civic Center Vision Development studio released their final report. Led by Professor Branden Born, these planning students joined nearly 300 of their fellow classmates across UW during the 2018-19 academic year. Together they collaborated with City of Bellevue…


January 29, 2020

Professionals Council Lecture – Mitchell Silver

URBAN PLANNING & DESIGN PROFESSIONALS COUNCIL 2019 – 2020 LECTURE SERIES Planning for People Commissioner Mitchell Silver New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Lecture – January 29, 2020 | Architecture Hall, University of Washington Campus (Seattle) On January 29, 2020 Commissioner Mitchell Silver joined the Department of Urban Design & Planning for the…


November 9, 2019

Students in Service – Alyssa Cummin, MIPM

U.S. Army Captain Alyssa Cummin will soon complete her Master’s in Infrastructure Planning and Management degree. Just over two years ago Alyssa started her academic journey at UW. When she discovered the online MIPM program she thought, “This is a great opportunity and I want to get my master’s degree in an area that interests…


November 7, 2019

Department News – Autumn Quarter 2019

Our goal in the Department of Urban Design and Planning is to provide more than excellent teaching and research. Our real mission is to have an impact on the lives and careers of our students, the future of the planning profession, and the health and welfare of our urban and regional communities. We’ve selected a…


October 30, 2019

Providing a Platform for Youth on Climate Change

Master of Infrastructure Planning and Management (MIPM) student, Danté DiSabatino, is working on King County’s 2020 update of the Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP). In fact, his team recently implemented the first Youth Summit on climate change. The summit was held at UW’s SCAP Public Workshop on Saturday, October 12th. Most importantly, it gave young…


October 28, 2019

Bridging to Professional Practice

Master of Urban Planning (MUP) student, Asela Chavez-Basurto, dove into professional practice during a summer internship at Sound Transit. She took on real-world planning projects in Seattle, further exploring the dynamics of collaborative teamwork. Specifically, Asela joined the Sound Transit Planning, Environment and Project Development department. As a result, she focused much of her time…


June 18, 2019

Making Local Impact

Master of Urban Planning (MUP) Studios – Livable City Year, Bellevue A group of UW Master of Urban Planning (MUP) students took their skills and knowledge from the classroom into the local community as part of the 2018-19 Livable City Year (LCY) program. Students worked directly with stakeholders from the partnering city of Bellevue, WA…


June 17, 2019

Let the Record Play

CEP Grad shares stories of local black musicians in new podcast Nyles Green – 2019 Community, Environment and Planning (CEP) This past year, Nyles Green – a 2019 graduate of the Community, Environment and Planning (CEP) program, undertook a unique senior project focused on preserving and sharing the stories of black musicians in the Pacific…



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