University of WA

By Christopher Campbell, Chair, Dept. of Urban Design and Planning

With the end of spring quarter, the University of Washington Department of Urban Design and Planning celebrated our 2019 graduates. We welcomed Samuel Assefa, Director of Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development as the keynote speaker for the College of Built Environment’s commencement on June 14th. He spoke to the importance of maintaining strong connections with fellow graduates in years ahead and the ways in which his career has been positively shaped by those relationships. We look forward to celebrating the successes of our newest alumni as they build careers and communities together.

In reflecting on the past year, we wanted to share a few of the stories about the smart, creative, passionate students who are using their degrees in innovative ways. On our website you can read about the experiences of two of our graduating students, Dolores Velasquez of the Master in Infrastructure Planning and Management program and Nyles Green from the undergraduate Community, Environment and Planning program. You can also read about the Livable City Year program, which was co-founded and is now co-directed by Associate Professor Branden Born. Now in its third year, this program has been remarkably successful at leveraging the talent of UW faculty and students on behalf of local cities, while also serving as a platform for innovative teaching and learning.

Story Links:

Beyond the Classroom | Dolores Velasquez – 2019 Master of Infrastructure Planning and Management (MIPM) -

Let the Record Play | Nyles Green – 2019 Community, Environment and Planning (CEP) -

Making Local Impact | Master of Urban Planning (MUP) Studios – Livable City Year, Bellevue -

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