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2023 Urban Expo Ceremony and Student Projects 


On Thursday, March 16, 2023, UC San Diego's Urban Studies and Planning Department will host the 33rd Annual Urban Expo event with a 5p Keynote, by Mai Nguyen, UC San Diego Professor and Director of the Design Lab, and Awards Ceremony.


(presenting students do not need to RSVP)

Schedule of Event for Thursday, March 16 in Price Center Ballroom

  • 2p Ballroom opens for poster viewing
  • 3:30-4:30p Photographer available for students to take a professional photo with in Ballroom
  • 4p Students at posters for Q&A
  • 5p Keynote and Awards Ceremony
  • Reception, with appetizers and desserts, following ceremony until 7:30p

Directions and Parking information

Friends, family, and mentors of USP and RED capstone students who are not able to attend in person can watch the awards live streamed starting at 5pm, return to this webpage for an updated link closer to the event.

The Expo is a unique event that brings together students, faculty, staff, and the San Diego community to celebrate the research capstone projects of Urban Studies & Planning and Real Estate & Development graduating students.

Continue to check back frequently for additional updates on the event.

Student Research Exhibits Focus on:

  • Real Estate & Development
  • Architecture & Urban Design
  • Community & Economic Development
  • Environment
  • Food Systems and Urban Agriculture
  • Housing & Homelessness
  • Infrastructure and Public Facilities
  • Transportation Planning
  • US Mexico Border


The USP Department is proud to offer a number of awards to both our graduating seniors as well as our continuing students. Award Descriptions are available and indicate which student levels are available for each award type. Most awards are nominated. 

Here is the link to view past award Expo Winners. 

Past Ceremonies and Project Galleries

The Project Galleries are composed of posters, papers, and media created from by students for their senior projects. 

2022 Urban Expo Ceremony

View Here

2022 RED Student Projects

View Here

Red posters 2022
urban expo 2022

2022 USP Student Projects

View Here

Archived Project Galleries
2021 RED Student Projects
2021 USP Student Projects

2022 Urban Expo Award Recipients

Academic Distinction Award
Justin Kim (RED)
Liz Laing (USP)

Meritorious Community Service Award
Shunyi Hu (RED)

Derek Meksavanh (USP)

Placemaking Award
Anna Dan

Pete Georgiou Award for Service to USP
Sarah Rieble

Emerging Scholar Award (Brutten Award)
Isabel Perez

Emerging Innovator Award (Brutten Award)
Taylor Kempf

Emerging Leader Award (Brutten Award)
Bess Brandow
Outstanding Teaching Assistant
Sarah McTague
Best USP Senior Research Project
Parker Friederich

Best RED Capstone Project
Justin Kim
Shea Bartolino
Dylan Nobel

Callie Lau

RED Capstone Project Runner Up
Bailey Stubbs
Braden White
Brendan Smith

John Martinez

Digital Media Awards
Athena Skoufias (1st Place)
Anupama Sethuraman (2nd Place)
Derek Meksavanh (3rd Place)

USP Poster Awards
Parker Friederich (1st place)
Stephanie Holder (2nd Place)

Yichen Wang (3rd Place)

Alumni of the Year
Robert Clossin 

The Stephen Lew ’01 Civic Leadership Award in Urban Studies and Planning
Elinor Oren