Victor Van Zandt, Vice President of Planning and Construction at the Irvine Campus Housing Authority (ICHA), provided UCI planning students with a tour of the housing phase currently under construction in the University Hills neighborhood. Click to find out more.
Art Leahy, Metrolink Chief Executive Officer, and PPD Distinguished Fellow hosted a site visit at Metrolink facilities in Los Angeles on April 14, 2017. Click for more details and images from the day.
PPD Distinguished Fellow Randal Jackson, a Landscape Architect and President and Principal at PlaceWorks hosted a group of MURP students at PlaceWorks on February 23, 2017.
After an office tour, Jackson and his associates at PlaceWorks conducted a design charette – a hands-on project exercise based on a standard planning scenario. The students used information about a city’s plan to brainstorm possible site uses and plans. In teams, they developed a concept and presented it over a “working lunch”.
Many thanks to Randy Jackson and PlaceWorks for providing this opportunity, and to MURP student Jonathan Lightfoot for coordinating the site visit with Jackson
Distinguished Fellow Tim Psomas hosted a group of MURP students at the Psomas Orange County corporate site this June. The future planning professionals engaged with various members of the Psomas team to learn more about their work in areas including environmental planning, resource management, active transportation, geographic information systems, and sustainable engineering practices. [Read more…] about Psomas Site Visit
PPD Distinguished Fellow Susan Hori (Partner, Real Estate and Land Use, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP), and Lindell Marsh, attorney and PPD Advisory Board member, provided an exciting opportunity for MURP students to engage with them in small group discussions about land use planning issues.
The participants introduced themselves, their planning interests and experience, and the group spent the time processing ideas across themes including: challenges of achieving good development, with the Banning Ranch case as one example; land use issues planners will be facing over the next 20 years and beyond; and methods and tools (such as regulatory reform or policy changes) that may be useful as planning practitioners.
As part of the PPD Distinguished Fellows program, MURP students have the opportunity to engage with leaders in planning. Dr. America Bracho, Executive Director of Latino Health Access, has generously shared her time and experience during her term as Distinguished Fellow this year, and hosted a tour and conversation about the organization’s work. Second-year MURP student Alison Walker shares her experience of the site visit:
The course of history and current events in Southern California’s Salton Sea region offers primary examples of a wide range of planning issues, including: water and land use and regulation, public health, air quality, civil engineering, ecology, conservation, and renewable energy, with policy relevance at local, regional, state, and federal levels.
Students in UC Irvine’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program had the opportunity to visit the Salton Sea on a two-day educational tour in January 2015 with representatives from the UCI Salton Sea Initiative and UCI Sustainability Initiative. [Read more…] about Salton Sea Site Visit