2018 Denny Awards Recipient

Improving Seattle’s parks through volunteerism Maisha Barnett, Community, Environment and Planning Student Recently, Interim Superintendent Christopher Williams announced the winners of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 2018 Denny Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Stewardship. Maisha Barnett (CEP ’18), was among those recognized for their service and was awarded Seattle Parks & Recreation’s Superintendent’s Award. Maisha has been…

Educating for Change

Building a relationship with the Rainier Scholars to develop future community leaders and agents of change Seattle’s Rainier Scholars program cultivates the academic potential of low-income students of color by providing access to postsecondary institutions, opening doors to future careers, and developing leadership skills. Students of color account for 66% of the students in Seattle…

Planning For People

The Positive Impacts of a Democratic Planning Process Mathew Langley, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde In the summer of 2016, Mathew Langley (MUP ’17) interned as a Junior Program Analyst for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Great Plains Region, Division of Facilities in Aberdeen, South Dakota. This was a transformative experience as he spent three…

Public Opinion Often Sets Privacy Standards for Smart City Tech

City officials, law professors and corporate privacy directors discuss the tension between open data work and privacy at the second day of the MetroLab Annual Summit in Atlanta, citing smart cities tech as an increasingly relevant part of the discussion. BY ZACK QUAINTANCE / DECEMBER 18, 2017 See Associate Professor Jan Whittington, quoted in Government…

Building Place Through Practice

Creating change requires leadership, vision, hard work, and passion. Maisha Barnett, a senior in the Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP) program, displays all of these traits as the project manager at the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation for Seattle’s new Jimi Hendrix Park. The 2.5-acre park is located in Seattle’s Central District, a thriving multicultural community…

Meet Louie

“I am somebody, I won’t be stopped by nobody. I got my fist in the air and rhythm in my feet. I got love for my people, and it starts with me.” – Oakland Freedom Schools – Louie Leiva is a first-year student in the Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program at the University of…

Celebrating 47 Years with Donald H. Miller

On the 16th of October, students, colleagues, friends, and family came together to honor Don Miller and celebrate the 47 years of service that he dedicated to the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. The event was held at the University of Washington Club which provided stunning views of Lake…

MIPM Named Top 10 UW Graduate Program Enrolling Veterans

The Online Master of Infrastructure Planning & Management (MIPM) in the Department of Urban Design and Planning has been recognized as one of the top ten programs at the University of Washington enrolling student veterans. MIPM is designed for early- or mid-career professionals who want to advance their career and take a leadership role while…

University of Washington-led study shows new global evidence of the role of humans, urbanization in rapid evolution

It has long been suspected that humans and the urban areas we create are having an important — and surprisingly current and ongoing — effect on evolution, which may have significant implications for the sustainability of global ecosystems. A new multi-institution study led by the University of Washington that examines 1,600 global instances of phenotypic…

Professor Emerita Anne Moudon Final Lecture

Late Saturday evening, the UW department of urban design and planning held an event celebrating the accomplishments of one of their newly retired professors. Touted as her “final lecture,” professor emeritus Anne Vernez Moudon held this event to both raise money for her new fund as well as review the history of urban design and…