University of Utah, City & Metropolitan Planning Department. College of Architecture + Planning

The City & Metropolitan Planning (CMP) Department is part of the College of Architecture + Planning whose mission is summed up in four words: Responsibility, Resilience, Respect, and Response (the 4 Rs). We are a tight-knit academic community of top-tier faculty, dedicated staff, and remarkable students.

CMP aims to inspire students to be empathetically rooted. We train students to think ecologically and to act in ways that further equity and justice.  All of our faculty and students engage with local communities through applied research, hands-on coursework or community service. We conduct leading research through the Metropolitan Research Center and the Center for Ecological Planning + Design. Our workshops, studios, and internships offer students opportunities to grapple with many challenges facing cities, suburbs and rural places. Each year the West Side Studio selects a project and emphasizes the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders from governmental agencies to neighborhood groups and individuals. Additionally, we are fortunate to have a team of part-time instructors, who after putting in a full day at the office, teach many of our most popular elective courses.

We strive to create a diverse and inclusive educational community within the CMP Department. We are exceptionally fortunate to have faculty, staff, and students from diverse places in the US and abroad, representing different cultures, ethnicities, and religions. To further globalize the learning experience, we have expanded our Urban Ecology Program to the University of Utah Asia Campus in Incheon, South Korea, where students from the main campus can study abroad for a semester, and students at the Songdo campus finish their degree in Salt Lake City.